100,000 cans make for one amazing castle

Canos Castle – Donald “Cano” Espinoza

Artist dates unknown
10th Ave. and State St
Antonito, CO
Found material environment
Built: 1980 – current

Entirely made of recycled materials, with more than 100,000 beer and soda cans, hubcaps, screen doors, wooden windows, bicycle reflectors and more, this amazing folk art environment was built by Dominic “Cano” Espinosa, a Native American Vietnam vet. Inspired by “Vitamin Mary Jane” and Jesus, Espinoza has spent over 30 years working on what he calls “Jesus’ Castle.”

Espinoza began building Cano’s Castle in 1980 in thanks for having his life spared during the Vietnam War. The four main structures: “The King” (the largest tower), “the Queen” (the tower standing next to the King), “the Palace” and “the Rook” (flanking the King).

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Bibliography & Links:

“Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations Coast to Coast Travel-o-Pedia” by Randy Mason, et. al., Kansas City Star Books, 2009.

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