Rafael Picon - Ponce de Leon

Location: Melbourne Beach, Ponce de Leon Landing Park, Brevard County Fl.

Artist Rafael Picon and the creation of the Honorable Discoverer of Florida,

Ponce de Leon.

1513 - 2013


"From imagination to creation,

from clay to bronze,

and almost four years of work."

In Rafael's Rockledge Fl. Studio, the Masterpiece in begins in clay.
Preparing the mold of Ponce's head and artist Loly Marquez carving the Kings head on Ponce's sword.
Pouring the bronze, artist Pearl Ollie and Rafael.

The beginning of the puzzle of the creation, The Great Ponce de Leon.

Head of Ponce after the casting.

Welding the sculpture together with silicone bronze wire.

The imfamous ladder which I fell off, breaking my ankle and back.

Almost done, Patinas and polishing.

The wonderful artist Pearl Ollie, helping me through thousands of hours of work, to make the sculpture of Ponce.

The final piece of art, I'm proud of it....

I would like to thank all of the people who helped make this great sculpture possible.


Press and TV stories about Rafael and the sculpture of Ponce.

Ponce de Leon statue formally unveiled - the news star

Artist unveils Ponce de Leon statue for Melbourne Beach - Wes Blackman's City of Lake Worth Blog

Melbourne Beach unveils Juan Ponce de Leon statue - Channel 9

Ponce de Leon statue formally unveiled in Melbourne Beach - Florida Today

Ponce de Leon statue finally makes debut - Florida Today