San Francisco Built Out of 100,000 Toothpicks!

Rolling through the bayPhoto: James Bastow

The world’s largest kinetic toothpick sculpture, ‘Rolling Through the Bay’, is not just a standard work of art. It took sculptor Scott Weaver 3,000 hours and 100,000 toothpicks to construct it. Those 3,000 hours were also distributed over 34 years, making this a life’s work! The only other material used was Elmer’s Glue.

Rolling through the bayPhoto: Scott Weaver

Not only does the sculpture have all the features of San Francisco Bay in exquisite detail, it also has tours of it. Five no less!

Rolling through the bayPhoto: Scott Weaver

Here, the ping pong balls are going through the San Francisco Bay Bridge on one of the tours.

Rolling through the bayPhoto: Scott Weaver

The dragon represents Chinatown as do the buildings here.

Rolling through the bayPhoto: Scott Weaver

The ferry building has been faithfully reproduced including its clock.

Rolling through the bayPhoto: Scott Weaver

It isn’t often that we see boats in full sail made out of toothpicks but it looks very realistic.

Rolling through the bayPhoto: Scott Weaver

The Painted Ladies are Victorian houses painted in three or more colors to enhance their architectural splendors; the term was first used for San Francisco Bay Victorian and Edwardian homes.

Rolling through the bayPhoto: Scott Weaver

Another house but this one is full of warm memories of Grandma’s house in the Bay.

Rolling through the bayPhoto: Scott Weaver

Scott talks about the toothpicks and why the palace of fine arts is special to him: “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.”

Cable carPhoto: Scott Weaver

The famous San Francisco cable cars were not forgotten in this masterpiece. You can hear Scott explain everything as he shows off the different tours in the video below.

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