Towering Achievement of Popsicle Sticks

Inside a Waterbury museum, there is an elaborate medieval castle. It’s 12-foot tall and made entirely of Popsicle sticks.

Some hope that it’s made of enough Popsicle sticks to make a world record – the tallest Popsicle stick structure in the world.

For the last year and a half, Stephen Guman, of Naugatuck, has worked on it, and now his towering work is located in the Mattatuck Museum.

"I actually found it pretty elegant, to tell you the truth. When we heard it was coming, I had mixed feelings about it," Cynthia Roznoy, curator of the Mattatuck Museum, said. "We have a drawbridge going into an arched entrance way. We have different elements where the knights would be fighting their battles. I think kids and adults can use their imagination and really see a story here."

The castle, which is 12-feet wide and 16-feet deep, took 396,000 sticks and four gallons of Elmer’s Glue to build the castle. The record is 370,000, Guman told the Waterbury Republican-American.

The inspiration came from birdhouses and other kits. He wondered what more he could do with them, the told the newspaper.

"This is what our museum is, to bring art, life and the stories about life to our community," Roznoy said.

We’ll find out in just a few weeks, whether the castle makes it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

See the video of Guman creating Popsicle structures from the Waterbury Republican-American.

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