After 35 years and 100,000 toothpicks, Scott Weaver completed this amazing sculpture of San Francisco called “Rolling Through the Bay.” Although he doesn’t hold the record for the largest toothpick sculpture, his stands apart with numerous hidden ball-runs that snake around the sculpture. Amazingly, each run is a “tour” of a different part of the city.
The elaborate sculpture is comprised of multiple “tours” that move pingpong balls through neighborhoods, historical locations, and iconic symbols of San Francisco, all recreated with a little glue, some toothpicks, and an incredible amount of ingenuity. Using only Elmer’s glue and working in his spare time, Weaver used amazing precision to create the work.
Scott Weaver says that
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.
Via his website Weaver estimates he’s spent over 3,000 hours on the project, and the toothpicks have been sourced from around the world
Photos courtesy of their Flickr gallery.