Exhibition of the Extremaduran Giant
Last 27 October Extremaduran Giant’s cast replica exhibition opened in the National Museum of Anthropology.
Agustín Luengo Capill, also known as Extremaduran Giant, was born in Puebla de Alcocer (Badajoz) on 15 August 1849.
Ill as he was as a child, he started working as a circus attraction displaying his large 40-cm long hands, capable of covering a 1-kg loaf of bread. There he met Alfonso XII, who gave him a pair of 52-size boots of which one is exhibited in the ethnographic museum of Puebla de Alcocer.
In those times, Madrid Museum of Anthropology was being created, leaded then by Mr. Pedro González Velasco, who became aware of the giant’s existence and contacted him. He made the giant a curious proposal: he offered to buy his corpse for a 2.50-pta daily wage in life. In return, once he died, his corpse would be exhibited in Madrid Museum of Anthropology. Agustín accepted the proposal and, from then on, started to enjoy himself with enough money for a living. However, this situation would not last much longer, as soon he would be diagnosed with bone tuberculosis at end stage. He died on 31st December 1875 at the age of 26.
Nowadays, his skeleton is still preserved in Madrid National Museum of Anthropology.
In Puebla de Alcocer, a theme museum of the Extremaduran Giant opened in April 2015. This town fostered the replica of the Extremaduran Giant cast along with Badajoz and Extremadura Regional Governments. The work was realised at the premises of Polistmodel, where we have used state-of-the-art CAD/CAM and machining technology in 5x. All of this was added to the good performance of the craftsmen, who, after sculpting the polystyrene model, they covered it with glass fibre to increase its hardness.
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