It took 35 years for Scott Weaver to build “Rolling through the Bay”, a piece of artwork made of 100.000 toothpicks, and over this period he estimates he’s spent around 3.000 hours of work.
The sculpture includes multiple “tours” that move ping-pong 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. He admits in the video that there are several toothpick sculptures even larger than his, but none has the unique kinetic components he’s constructed, and the amount of little details he put into his construction is incredible.
Scott Weaver says about his technique:
“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.”
Website: Rolling through the Bay