The first lighthouse ever built was in the Pharos of Alexandria, Egypt. It was built between 300 and 280 BC by Ptolemy I and his son Ptolemy II. It is estimated that it stood between 450- 600 feet high and was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was completely destroyed by an earthquake 23 centuries later.
Pharos of Alexandria, Egypt. built between 300 and 280 BC
La Coruna in Spain built ca. 20BC.
The oldest existing lighthouse today is considered to be La Coruna in Spain built ca. 20BC.
The first light station established on the North American continent was Boston Light on Little Brewster Island in 1716. It was also the last in the United States to be automated. It's also our only light station that still retains an official keeper.
Because Boston Light was destroyed in the Revolution and rebuilt in 1783, the tower itself is the second oldest in the U.S. New Jersey's Sandy Hook Light, built in 1764, is the oldest lighthouse tower.
Boston Light on Little Brewster Island in 1716.
New Jersey's Sandy Hook Light, built in 1764
The oldest existing lighthouse is in America is Sandy Hook, NJ (1764)
Built in 1959, Oak Island Light, Caswell Beach, North Carolina is one of the last lighthouses to be built. It is also one of the most powerful. The light can be seen 19 miles away. As you can see, compared to the lighthouses shown above, it is a simple functional design.
Oak Island Light Caswell Beach, NC 1959
Lighthouses are intentionally built with different designs and paint schemes to help sailors distinguish one from another. Among their many functions, lighthouses represent a welcome home beacon to weary travelers. In that spirit, the artist has captured the essence of their individualistic design. Made up of an array of different found items of solid brass, solid copper, glass, porcelain, china, and ceramic each lighthouse sculpture is truly unique. Every lighthouse features a removeable functional tea light candle holder on top. All have been carefully assembled with only lead free solder. Each lighthouse is marked with an identification number and has been signed by the artist.
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