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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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Coral Castle

MASTERPIECE OF STONE

 

A historical landmark in South Florida, the “Coral Castle” represents more than 20 years of work by one single man, Latvian immigrant Ed Leedskalnin.

 

From base to roof, Leedskalnin built the entire compound with massive stones, hand tools, and loads of determination. By massive, we’re talking several tons each, held in place only by their combined weight. Aside from walls and a nine-ton gate that somehow opens with a push of a finger, he also built an accurate sundial, several rocking chairs (yes, out of stone), tables, and a giant obelisk that functioned as a marker for ...

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