Now this is a piece of work. 35 years, 3,000 hours, and 100,000 toothpicks resulted in this incredible kinetic sculpture created by Scott Weaver.

The elaborate sculpture, named Rolling through the Bay, features multiple “tours” that move pingpong balls through neighborhoods, the waterfront, historical sites, and iconic symbols of San Francisco. See close up images on Tinkering Studio’s Flickr page.

The artist sourced and collected toothpicks from friends’ and his own travels all over the world, including a few from his own wedding. Those wedding picks were used for the ‘heart’ he left in San Francisco, inside his little wooden Palace of Fine Arts. Lots of other clever innuendo throughout the piece. Check out the video.

The sculpture can be seen at the American Visionary Art Museum through September 2012.


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  1. Andy Hayes says:

    I can’t imagine spending 35 years on something like this! Wow.

    1. DeepDish says:

      Labor of love for that city, for sure. I can’t imagine moving it from one place to another in one piece or even several.