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this heart shaped table weighs approximately 5,000 pounds. in the center of the table is a ixora plant. it is ed's original plant and has been in this location for over 60 years. ed built this table for "sweetsixteen".
the nine ton gate is considered ed's most outstanding achievement. this gate is 80 inches wide, 92 inches tall, and 21 inches thick. this coral stone slab weighs approxmately 18,000 pounds. what makes this gate so remarkable is that ed found the exact center of balance. the gate can be moved using one finger to push it. the gate pivots on a rod resting on a recycled automotive gear.
ed called this group of stones the repentance corner. it was his idea of punishment for children who misbehaved. he said that if they needed punishment he would make them put their heads through the opening, wedge them in place with a block of wood, and he would sit on a bench and talk to them. he thought that an hour of this treatment would last for several months. the taller of the two openings was for "sweetsixteen" in case she misbehaved.
pictured is ed's 1936-1940 coral rock quarry. in 1936 ed moved his castle and sculptures from florida city and began construction of the castle wall. each section of the wall is eight feet tall, four feet wide, and three feet thick. the wall sections weigh approximately 13,000 pounds. these sections were constructed using simple hand tools and ed only worked at night.
ed's only source of income was a 10 cent admission charge to see the interior of the castle. ed spent his days reading, writing, and giving tours of the castle. at night he would work on the castle walls. when ed died in 1951 he had a little over 3,000 dollars in his bank account. today the admission to the castle is $ 11.98.
directly across from the entrance gate is the grotto of the three bears. this collection of stones were inspired by the fairy-tale of goldilocks and the three bears. ed built this section of the castle as a children's play area.
located to the left of the entrance gate is a collection of reading chairs. ed spent much of his day reading and writing pamphlets. over the years ed wrote "a book in every home", "mineral, vegetable, and animal life", "magnetic current" and "magnetic base". ed did all of his reading and writing during the day because the castle had no electricity.
ed carved this table in the exact shape and direct proportion to the size of the state of florida. a depression in the table is a representation of lake okeechobee, florida's largest lake. ed said that the depression could be used as a finger bowl, a bird bath, or a punch bowl. all of the chairs around the table are rocking chairs and they weigh approxmately 1,000 pounds each. ed carved the chair at the head of the table for the governor of florida, so that he and senators and representatives could sit around the table, rock their chairs, and figure out ways to raise your taxes.
this massive carving is 25 feet tall and weighs approximately 40,000 pounds. the circle at the top of the carving is a sight for ed's telescope. ed studied and recorded how the earth travels and used this information to build his sundial.
the moon fountain is carved from three pieces of coral rock. the quarter moon on the left represents the first quarter of the moon. the quarter moon on the right represents the last quarter of the moon. these two carvings weigh 18 tons each. the full moon carving in the center weighs 23 tons.
this section of the north wall is made from three blocks of coral rock. the center block is the heaviest piece in the castle. it weighs approximately 60,000 pounds. ed was so proud of having cut and moved such a great weight that he placed a monument on top of it which he called "the crown".
located between saturn and the crescent of the east sculptures is the throne room. ed believed that every man's house was his castle and every castle must have a throne. ed's throne weighs 5,000 pounds and it rocks. other thrones in the "room" are for "sweet sixteen" (ed's latvian fiancee) a small chair for a child. directly behind ed's throne is a chair for his mother-in law. ed designed it to be the most uncomfortable chair in the castle.
pictured is the coral castle well. this well provided ed with his only source of water. also the castle did not have electricity. ed would read during the day by sun light and work on his castle at night under moon light.
this carved bathtub is where ed would take his afternoon bath. each morning ed would get water from the well and fill the tub. by mid-afternoon the water was warm enough from the sunlight for ed to take his bath.