“Rolling through the Bay”, Scott Weaver’s toothpick sculpture took 37 years to make. His 9 foot tall sculpture of San Francisco and is made of 100,000 toothpicks and glue.It has 10 different starting points and 5 different weaving track ‘tours’ throughout for ping pong balls to roll through, hence its name: Rolling Through the Bay.
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If that wasn’t enough, Scott built 5 different “tours” where he can roll a ping pong balls though it and watch them go around the sculpture like a mini roller coaster ride. We visited Scott at home and at San Francisco’s @exploratorium to see how and why he builds his toothpick sculptures and to see his work in action. Truly Amazing Art!!!!
The sculpture features four ping pong ball paths that roll through different landmarks of San Francisco. Scott estimates the project has taken over 3,000 hours and he only uses one brand of glue, Elmer’s.
The toothpicks vary depending on the intricacy of the particular building/section. They come from all over the world, given to Scott by friends and family.A sculpture built from 100,000 toothpicks…and to think that all this time I’ve been using these things to clean my teeth!