Las Fallas, an annual festival celebrated throughout Spain’s region of Valencia, encapsulates just how fleeting and rare art can be. The basic premise of the festival is to burn away the bad things of the past year in preparation for the new, happy things of spring that are reborn from the ashes. Artists and carpenters work year-round on ninots, like the one above, that pop up in each neighborhood of the city at the start of Las Fallas; this one was having some finishing touches added before the night’s festivities signaled the start of the festival. When the festival ends, all but one “pardoned” ninot are burned– and with them, all the hard work, money, and artistry that created them. At first, it made me sad to see such a beautiful piece of art that would be gone so soon, but since then, I’ve learned to appreciate the fleeting and rare nature of some of the most beautiful things.