My Trip to the Coral Castle Museum
It all started from reading a book called Magnetic Current by Edward Leedskalnin that spark an interest in taking a trip to Coral Castle. I was drawn to the mystery surrounding how it was built and the beautiful design. The museum has been on my bucket list for a year now and I was finally able to visit the magical place in Homestead, Florida this past weekend. True to it's name, the museum is made entirely out of 1,100 tons of heavy coral rock that was home to Edward.
THE MAGIC BEHIND THE CASTLE –
Edward started to build the structure in 1936 and did all the work himself using no modern tools, but instead magnetic technology that he rediscovered from the Egyptians. No one knows exactly how he was able to build the castle all by himself and some even debate that it was all done by him. However, the story tells that no one ever saw anyone but him build the home. One night coral rocks would be loaded on a truck outside of the castle and in the early morning, they would be put together in a way that truly left the locals mystified. The furniture, walls, doors, and decorative fixtures are all made out of coral rock and looked absolutely magical against tropical south Florida that day.
What many don't know though is that Coral Castle also had a romantic story behind why it was built. Edward was in love with a girl that did not ultimately have the same feelings toward him. The home was built as a gift to win her back. It made me daydream about their romantic story and felt like I was walking around an ancient ruin, made for a futuristic god. I'd highly recommend taking a visit to this beautiful coral museum that celebrates creative engineering, nature, and love.
The recycled coral that was used to make this magical home inspired me to wear my own upcycled piece to the museum.
The romper I wore was a floral, vintage piece from the 90's that I upcycled. I'm currently trying to reuse pieces I already have in my closet or find at the thrift in order to get more use out of what I already have so that it's better for the environment. I simply cut the romper in half and snipped a chunk right out of the middle. I cut up the middle into multiple mini-strips and placed them vertically around the waist to create a cut-out look. It elongated my body and brought the look into modern day. I love upcycling cute pieces like this that I either find online or at the thrift shop.