This has to be one of the most beautiful and insane toothpick sculptures ever created… not only did Scott Weavers “Rolling Through San Francisco” take 35 years to construct, but it used over 100,000 of the tiny wooden sticks and over 3,000 hours of his time. The sculpture is also unique in that it features multiple “tours” of the city taken by ping pong balls that roll around and through the landmarks.
Weaver has used toothpicks from all over the world to build his masterpiece. Some of the trees inside Golden Gate Park are made from toothpicks from Kenya, Morocco, Spain, West Germany and Italy. The heart inside the Palace of fine arts was lovingly made of toothpicks people threw at his wedding. “I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building,” he says, “I also have many friends and family members that collect toothpicks in their travels for me.”
The variety of landmarks in the sculpture is a testament to the 3 generations Weaver and his family have called the San Francisco Bay Area home. Golden Gate Bridge, the BART Metro and even the long gone Cliff House are featured.
If you are around the Bay Area before May 31st, you can see “Rolling Through the Bay” at The Tinkering Studio. Find more pictures of the sculpture on flickr or learn more about artist Scott Weaver at rollingthroughthebay.com.