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UVA Hosts Duo of Costume Artists from Spain

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The University of Virginia is serving as a temporary home to some unique international artists.

A husband-and-wife duo from Spain is sharing its costume art. The papier-mâché costumes, designed for festivals and street parades, are called "big heads" or capgrossos.

Over the next few days, a select group of university art students will learn how to make their own big heads.

"It is a tradition in Spain. They use these in festivals and other events. They usually also do them in relationship to giants. They make giants that they parade down the streets. The giants could be as high as 10 feet high and then usually following the giants are the big heads, the capgrossos," said UVA professor Megan Marlatt.

The costumes the students create will be featured in UVA's Creature Parade and Arts Festival on April 20.

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