Arribas Brothers Donate Fantasy Castle to Shanghai Museum of Glass

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The world’s largest glass blown castle, the Arribas Fantasy Castle, was presented at the Shanghai Museum by the Arribas Brothers, Sunday, May 15, 2016.

The castle’s approximate size is 40 inches tall, 30 inches wide, and 30 inches deep. Miguel Arribas, master artisan, spent three months making this specific castle for the Shanghai Museum’s fifth anniversary. The castle was presented as a gift, but the real value of it would be $70,000, mentioned globaltimes.cn.

“It was a great honor to make the presentation and donate the “Arribas Fantasy Castle”to the famous Crystal and Glass Museum in the beautiful city of Shanghai. I was very proud to see so many people enjoying and admiring the Castle,”  according to Manuel Arribas, Co-founder of Arribas Brothers, in an interview with the Matador Messenger.

(The largest glass castle in the world) Approximately 50,000 glass loops, and 500 hours to create. As you know, the artist was Miguel Arribas (my cousin) is one of the best glass blowers in the world,” stated Manuel Arribas.

“Immersed in their rich culture of their Spanish home town of La Coruna, Spain, brothers Tomas and Alfonso Arribas mastered the 100 year-old family business in the ancient techniques of Glass Blowing and Cutting. Representing Spain at the World’s’ Fair in 1964, the brothers met Walt Disney and impressed him with their finely handcrafted works of art,” explained www.arribas.com.

In 1967 the Arribas Brothers began creating shops inside the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. Since then they have shops at 19 Disney Parks located around the world.