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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Artist's Incredible Creation Using 100,000 Toothpicks And 35 years of His Life

The artist behind this masterpiece, Scott Weaver, begun work on this insanely complex kinetic sculpture, Rolling through the Bay, over 35 years ago, which he continues to modify and expand even today. The elaborate sculpture is comprised of multiple “tours” that move ping-pong balls through neighbourhoods, historical locations, and iconic symbols of San Francisco, all recreated with a little glue, some toothpicks, and an incredible amount of ingenuity. 

He admits that there are several toothpick sculptures even larger than his, but none has the unique kinetic components he’s constructed. He estimates that he spent over 3,000 hours on the project, and the toothpicks have been sourced from around the world:

I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building. I also have many friends and family members that collect toothpicks in their travels for me. For example, some of the trees in Golden Gate Park are made from toothpicks from Kenya, Morocco, Spain, West Germany and Italy. The heart inside the Palace of Fine Arts is made out of toothpicks people threw at our wedding.

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