Sections of the gigantic 12-by-17-foot
castle, which are so large that they must be delivered by
tractor trailer truck arrived at the museum for final assembly.
Naugatuck resident Stephen Guman has been building
Popsicle Stick models since he was 9 years old when his aunt
gave him a bird house kit.
The inspiration came from birdhouses
and other kits. He wondered what more he could do with them,
Guman told the Waterbury Republican-American.
Mr. Guman has made replicas of the Eiffel
Tower and the World Trade Center, tanks, ships and cranes
with moveable parts. A heavy-equipment operator, he spends
his free time before and after work, up to four hours each
day, gluing four and one-half-inch sticks together and moving
toward his World Record for theTallest
Popsicle stick structure. "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
"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."