Rolling Through the Bay by Scott Weaver

Artist Scott Weaver created this insanely complex kinetic sculpture titled 'Rolling Through the Bay', an incredibly detailed model of San Francisco using 100,000 toothpicks.

It took him 3,000 hours and 34 years to make, and he continues to modify and expand even today.

"I started building toothpick sculptures in 1968, when I was 8 years old. My early structures were abstract and about 2 - 4 feet tall. I built one sculpture that had a ping-pong ball roll through it. In 1974 I started a new sculpture and added the Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street, that also had a ping-pong ball roll through it. This is what started what is now Rolling Through the Bay."

"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."

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