Here is an awesome labour of love! Bulgarian artist Plamen Ignatov used 6 million matches and spent the past 16 years to create this impressive miniature model of the Rila Monastery. Made of wood, matches and gems, the model is now on display at the National Archaeological Museum in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most important cultural, historical, and architectural monuments and is a key tourist attraction for both Bulgaria and Southern Europe. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
I hesitate to post this here, because this sculpture is HUGE, but it is made out of tiny things, so I guess it’s okay. Plus, I love Harry Potter, so. :) Here’s a pic of a dude standing next to the whole thing so you can see how big it is, all told.
The patient hobbyist began assembling his collection in 1948, using simple tools of a razor blade, tweezers and sandpaper to carve the matches and boxes and pieces them together using PVA and balsa wood glue.
More than 650,000 matches have been used to create every class of ship in the Royal Navy in incredible detail on a scale model of 1:300. And he has even crafted 1,200 model aircraft out of matches to make his scale-model carrier ships look even more realistic.