Parque de los Desvelados or Park of the Sleepless is an abandoned sculpture park south west of Pamplona, Spain.
Exploring this place has been on my mind for a while. I had came across a list of top 5 creepiest locations in the world, and couldn’t believe something like this exists, and it’s not more popular. I have been hoping to visit ever since.
This field of skulls was built as a Momento Mori for visitors. It’s a reminder that at some point, whether we are rich or poor, famous or forgotten, we all come to the same end.
Luis Garcia Vidal built these giant skeletons in the Spanish country side for 30 years starting in 1971. There are approximately 7 here, but they are getting increasing had to find due to how they were created. Luis twisted the branched of sumac trees together, then wrapped these in chicken wire and metal screen. Then, he coated these with a thick layer of white chalky lime paint. It’s been 10 years since his death, and many more decades since their creation. Many are being consumed by the forest. The wires are becoming undone, and the twisted sumac is taking life again.
Why did he build them this way? Maybe he thought that these sculptures, like life, should eventually return to the earth. He wanted us to wander the park to think about our lives, and also our deaths. Well, mission achieved. This place is heavy with an energy that causes you to dive inside yourself. It was difficult to film here.
We were completely alone in the park until the very end (watch the end of the video, it’s a bit scary). Hope you enjoy the Park of the Sleepless!