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Solomon’s Castle covers 12,000 square feet and stands (at the moment) three stories high. It’s impossible to photograph in the blinding Florida sun, as Solomon has covered every exterior surface with discarded aluminum printing plates. The broad, sweeping brick walkway that leads to it is impressive, until Solomon points out that the “bricks” have simply been painted on poured cement. He laughs as he demonstrates crude, handmade stamp he used; the whole process only took a couple of hours. Whereas other men fight and die for their castles, Howard Solomon fights to keep from laughing at it.
Solomon began building his castle in 1972. He had moved back to the States from the Bahamas looking for a quiet place to work, and found it in a Central Florida swamp. But when he discovered that the land he’d bought didn’t have enough high ground to build the horizontal building he wanted, he decided to build vertical. “I never was a very good planner,” he admits. “I decided, ‘Well, if I’m gonna go up, I might as well pick a style’.”
Essentially, the castle serves as an exhibition gallery for several hundred pieces of Solomon sculpture; “The ones that didn’t sell,” he explains.
Solomon’s Castle ~ Ona ~ Florida ~ USA
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