Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Pat Acton: Matchstick Man

For over 25 years, Pat Acton has been intricately gluing thousands—sometimes even millions—- of matchsticks together, building large scale models!!! With all that practice, he has gotten quite skilled in the craft of matchstick modeling. The scope of detail and commitment involved is rather staggering.
Yes, apparently, there is such a thing as matchstick model building.
Many of his amazing creations are on display at the Matchstick Marvels Museum .
One of his most recent-- and most impressive-- projects has been constructing a miniature matchstick replica of Minas Tirith, The City of Kings from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of The Rings:
Uh... wow. And there’s more where that came from.

Some folks might wrongly feel it appropriate to mock or belittle this kind of artistic effort as “having too much free time”... which is about the most insulting thing you could tell creative people regarding their creation. But such creatives would say (perhaps with pity for they who cannot comprehend the interest), on the contrary, they don’t have time enough to spend on their artistic passion.

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