Transcendence of Place

The Role of La Placeta in Valencia’s Las Fallas
  • Denise L. Lawrence
Part of the Human Behavior and Environment book series (HUBE, volume 12)


Las Falks is a carnavalesque rite of mammoth proportions celebrated each year in neighborhood streets and plazas in the city of Valencia, Spain.1 The event’s central attraction is the 350 “fallas” erected by neighborhoods throughout the city; each falla is indelibly identified with the placeta (“small square” in Valenciano) and sponsoring neighborhood, which all share the same name. The fallas are garishly painted, sculpted, papier-mâché figures of massive scale and proportion that give expression to popular themes of satirical dissent. Under the auspices of city government, artists and neighborhood commissions collaborate to create grotesque images that ridicule and parody contemporary values, and critically comment on local, national, and international issues.


Public Space Public Sphere Place Attachment Complex Society Public Arena 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Denise L. Lawrence
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  1. 1.Department of Environmental StudiesCalifornia State Polytechnic University-PomonaPomonaUSA

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