Rolling Through The Bay

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I came across this art piece today and found it so incredible that I had to share! Scott Weaver started building toothpick sculptures when he was 8. Then at the age of 14, he started the insanely complex kinetic piece you see above titled 'Rolling Through The Bay'.  It's safe to say I wasn't alive when this piece started and to think it has been in production for over three decades, and counting, is remarkable. I can't imagine the amount of focus, planning and attention to detail it takes to create such a piece..... how many times do you think he built a section and it broke or fell over?! 

The sculpture takes you on a variety of tours, via the ping pong balls routes, of San Francisco. One is of the historical locations, another of neighborhoods and one is a specific route for iconic San Francisco symbols. Weaver estimates that he has spent over 3,000 hours and used over 100,000 toothpicks from all walks of 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."

I am thinking of sending Scott an email suggesting that he reach out to Elmer's Glue for a sponsorship! 

Click here to watch an amazing video on the construction of 'Rolling Through The Bay'. 

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Photos via :: Flickr