We’ve all had our hearts broken. But each of us has dealt with it in our own way. Edward Leedskalnin coped by creating a castle made of coral.
When I first moved back to Miami a year ago, one of my goals was to rediscover my hometown. While going through a Florida guidebook, I came upon the story of Ed and the incredible structures he built and I was immediately intrigued. And I felt so bad for him!!
You see, Ed got dumped by his fiancée Agnes a day before they were supposed to get married. And he never quite got over it. Originally from Latvia, he eventually settled in South Florida due to his tuberculosis and the better weather conditions.
From 1923 to 1951, he worked on the many sculptures and the surrounding walls of Coral Castle, all a testimony to his undying love for Agnes. The craziest part about the whole thing, is that no one knows how he did it. Ed was just over 5 feet tall and weighed 100 pounds. Some of the carvings weighed tons! Plus, he only worked at night so no one ever saw him. This was at a time when there was no large machinery and all he used were hand tools. So how did he do it? When asked, all Ed would say was that he understood the laws of weight and leverage and that he knew the secrets of the pyramids.
Walking around the grounds, it really was remarkable to think that someone made all those sculptures by hand. And many of them were love or marriage themed, which made me wonder how Ed was feeling or what he was thinking as he carved them.
So what do you think of Ed and Miami’s own mini version of the Taj Majal?