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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

San Francisco Toothpick Model

The Bay like you've never seen it before: Amazing abstract model of San Francisco made out of 100,000 toothpicks

It has taken 3,000 hours and 34 years to make - but the results are incredible.

Artist Scott Weaver has created a huge but incredibly detailed model of San Francisco using 100,000 toothpicks.

The work entitled Rolling Through the Bay also doubles as a marble run. Ping pong balls dropped on several ramps at the top of the model follow several 'tours' through the city.

They pass matchstick replicas of sights such as Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge and the city's trademark terraced houses on steep hills.

 In all its glory: Rolling Through the Bay by Scott Weaver is nine foot tall and contains more than 100,000 matchsticks. It features a number of marble runs that take ping pong balls on 'tours' of San Francisco

 Incredible detail: The huge sculpture features the trademark houses of the area, left, and the Palace of Fine Arts, right, which contains a model of artist Scott Weaver's heart made from matchsticks thrown by guests at his wedding instead of confetti

The sculpture started when Weaver built a matchstick replica of the Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street. He began rolling ping pong balls around the pair and decided to add new features.

Three thousand hours of work later, and the model is the masterpiece it is today. 

It has survived one earthquake and four home moves, with the most serious damage being caused by Weaver's pet Great Dane who took out Fisherman's Wharf with a swipe of his tail. 

Weaver has also incorporated several personal details into the sculpture such as the date of his wedding - and a heart inside the Palace of Fine Arts is made from matchsticks his friends threw at his wedding instead of confetti.
 Labour of love: A battleship in San Francisco Bay - just part of the model which took 34 years to make  

He told the San Francisco Chronicle: 'I always had a dream that I would build the world's largest toothpick sculpture. 

It's not, but none of them have a ping pong ball that rolls through it. It's San Francisco as I see it.'

The artist is still adding to the sculpture, including a bottle of wine outside a model of a winery for every ten years he has been sober.

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