SALLENT GIANT, FERMÍN ARRUDI
In the central square located in the building of the Town Hall of Sallent and in his birthplace, there is a life-size statue of one of the most renowned and well-known residents of Aragon and in particular of Sallent de Gallego, Fermín Arrudi, the Giant of Sallent, who with his 2.29 cm. height, took the name of Sallent to all corners of the world, astonishing them with his stature and strength.
Fermín Arrudi Urieta (Sallent de Gallego, 7 July 1870 - 2 May 1913), also known as the giant of Sallent, the Aragonese giant and locally as o chigán aragonés, was a character famous throughout the Aragonese Pyrenees for his stature, he reached a height of 2.29 m and travelled all over the world showing his height. Rafael Andolz and David Dumall have written two books about his life.
Born in "casa Sorda", Fermín was a rather small baby born to parents of normal height, but from the age of 11 according to some sources and 15 according to others, he began to grow until the age of 25 when he reached a height of 2.29m, although some say he reached 2.40m, and surpassed the height of all known people of his time. Initially he worked at the Canfranc station, but soon after he began to show off his enormous body. At first locally, at a Pilar festival in Zaragoza, when he was 21 years old and his height was 2.19m, and later all over the world. In Europe he was shown in cities in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria and France. In North America in some of the USA, and also in South America, the Caribbean and even in Africa, where he was in Algeria. We know of the places he visited because his presence left reviews and headlines in the press of the places he visited. He was exhibited at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900. He enlivened his exhibitions by playing instruments and singing "jotas". The musicologist Demetrio Galán, in writing El libro de la jota aragonesa, remembered him years later, writing that he played "the guitar, the violin, the lute, the tambourine, the small irons, the requinto, the bandurria, the flute and the harmonium", and all in an autodidactic way, as nobody taught him to play them.