Floyd "Junior" Banks (b. 1946)
Fortress Of Faith
Art Type or Medium: Architectural; Environment/Installation
Secular or Religious: Mixed
Floyd “Junior” Banks (A.K.A. “Castleman’s”) full scale castle walls– made almost entirely by Floyd working alone from salvaged materials– have been under continuous construction since 1993. Behind the two castle walls, most rooms are open to the sky, and none are habitable. Complete with a torture chamber and fireplace, Floyd believes that images representing Divine messages are embedded in the seemingly accidental surface textures of his concrete construction work. Floyd lives nearby, welcomes visitors, and spends the bulk of most days happily giving tours or working on the castle.