From the 2012 Concurs de Castells, a human tower-building competition in Tarragona, Spain, watch this rather astounding video by photographer David Oliete, who also took photos:
A long tradition in the region, castells began at the end of the 18th century. The sport has rules, techniques, and team responsibilities to guard safety and success. The pinya or base is made of a few hundred people that can catch anyone who falls, and the human tower itself has a variety of different formations. The top three levels are the pom de dalt, made up of children in helmets.
While the video above doesn’t show some of the more harrowing challenges, this video by Mike Randolph in 2010 captures why safety and teamwork are so important:
Watch more about this practice: Behold the Human Towers of Catalonia.
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