Matolias appears content with his choice of living. ‘I grew up in theÂ Bay of Guanabara, I always lived on the beach’, Matolias told the UK’sÂ The Mirror. ‘People pay exorbitant rents to live in front of the sea, I do not have bills and here I have a good life.’
To maintain the sandcastle’s walls and turrets, Matolias needs to regularly water the sides of his castle to prevent the fine sand from crumbling in the city’s year-round tropical climate. He needs to have patience tooâa single tropical storm can destroy the entire sandcastle in a matter of minutes, forcing him to rebuild the structure from scratch.