If you’ve ever wondered what it might look like if a solar flare was to consume our planet, as has been the subject of one too many sci-fi movies, then one New York-based artist may be able to give you some idea. Yes, watching this enormous sphere of matches burn is absolutely mesmerizing, and just a little terrifying. Either way, if you’ve ever wanted to see 42,000 matches go up in flames, now’s your chance.
The man behind the incredible project is Ben Ahles, an artist from Vermont. He now resides in New York, where he runs a YouTube channel called “All is Art.” Ahles has uploaded more than 30 videos in the past four years, which together have millions of views, earning him over 5,000 subscribers.