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Amazing Kinetic Sculpture of San Francisco Made of 100,000 Toothpicks

After 35 years and 100,000 toothpicks, Scott Weaver completed this amazing sculpture of San Francisco he calls “Rolling Through the Bay.” And while 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.

Using only Elmer’s glue and working in his spare time, Weaver used amazing precision to create the work. But to build it, Weaver couldn’t rely on domestic toothpicks alone. From his website:

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.

The wedding toothpicks and the model heart are just a few of the personal and local information encoded into the massive work. To see the sculpture in action, and get a guided tour of its labyrinthine pathways, read on below.

(Image via Flickr, Scott Weaver via

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