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One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: Amazing Kinetic Sculpture of San Francisco

Most of you guys probably haven’t been born when artist Scott Weaver started working on his incredibly complex kinetic toothpick sculpture, “Rolling through the Bay”, 35 years ago. Weaver estimates he’s spent over 3,000 hours on the project using toothpicks that have been sourced from around the world, and even today he continues to modify and expand it.

“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,” says the artist.

Scott Weaver’s amazing piece, made with over 100,000 toothpicks over the course of 35 years, is a depiction of San Francisco, with multiple ball runs that allow you to go on “tours” of different parts of the city.

It will be on display in the Tinkering Studio until the end of June. Pictures from Flickr (via)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jellissa-Nawasadio/577801785 Jellissa Nawasadio

    A-MAZ-ING

  • http://twitter.com/cam2_aga7 carlissa agapito

    Awesome!!! 

  • Billiard

    AMAZING

  • Ben

    just stunning! To think he worked for 35 years on that.

  • Laryn K.

    Imagine if it toppled over right as he was finishing…

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