So, after a week of visiting with the ninots from the "Exposición del Ninot" it's time to find out which two ninots will join the ranks of the "Ninot Indultat", or the Forgiven Ninots. Who will join last year's Ninot Indultat in the Museo de Hogueras? Yes, the Hogueras have their own Museum! It's small, just a series of rooms in the "Casa de la Festa", but it's where the memories of past Hogueras live on through photos (dating back to the beginning of the 20th century) and ninots.
|entrance to the Museo de Hogueras|
I stopped in briefly today (will have to go back at another date when am less pressed for time), just to be sure I could answer the question of "what happens to these ninots?". I went looking for last year's ninot indultat and found the lovely lady with this gentleman:
I've known the answer to this question for a while now, and have been wondering if the two ninots in question would receive any love in the comments... they didn't get my vote while I was at the exhibit, and apparently by no one else reading this either!
Well, enough dilly-dallying, time to find out who will not be put to the flames on the night of San Juan!
The Ninot Indultat Infantil was selected by a whopping majority of 1211 votes (compared to 262 votes for the 2nd place) and belongs to the Hoguera Infantil Rabasa Polígono Industrial from the "Categoría Especial" section:
|Ninot Indultat Infantil. Artista: Salvador Fenoll Peris|
They are quite a cute pair though, aren't they? :o)
As for the Ninot Indultat, it's from the "Primera Categoría" section and got twice as many votes (910) as the second place (526). It's the slightly creepy homage to the Spanish 19th century painter Francisco Goya from the Hoguera Calvo Sotelo:
|Ninot Indultat. Artista: Francisco José Santonja Peni|
Although I'll have to admit he looks much better out on the street, where I spotted him today waiting to be incorporated into his Hoguera (which looks like it's going to be dedicated to artists):
So, what do you think of these choices? On the 24th they'll be sent to the Museum while at midnight the rest of the Hogueras will be put to the flames.