The next time you reach for a toothpick consider the painstaking creations of Virginia Beach-based artist Bob Morehead, who has spent the last 30 years using wooden toothpicks and glue to create awesomely intricate sculptures and buildings.
Morehead’s treehouses and towers each consist of thousands, sometimes tens of thousands, of tiny toothpicks. But his largest work to date is Toothpick City. He’s been working on it for 8 years so far and its toothpick count is now well over 100,000.
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.