Saturday, June 20, 2009

Toothpick City Took 34 Years to Build

A California man has spent the last 34 years building a model of San Francisco out of toothpicks.
Scott Weaver, 49, has used a million tiny sticks to construct the city and its many landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. "Rolling Through the Bay" also features entry points where ping-pong balls can be inserted to run along tracks. The sculpture is 9 feet tall and 7 feet wide, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

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"I always had a dream that I would build the world's largest toothpick sculpture," Weaver told the paper.
Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum offered him $40,000 for the sculpture, but he turned down the offer. Weaver said it belongs in the city that inspired it.
Weaver told KGO-TV the hobby began in the 4th grade, when his teacher asked students to build a sculpture.

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