The Toothpick Architect

| 6/7/2011 11:49:56 AM

Rolling through the Bay 

Scott Weaver’s sculpture Rolling through the Bay is made up of 100,000 toothpicks; 3,000 work hours over 35 years; and an unwavering, buoyant love for the city of San Francisco. (Plus lots and lots of Elmer’s glue.)

The amazingly detailed kinetic sculpture, which stands 9 feet tall, 7 feet wide, and 30 inches deep, includes multiple ping-pong-ball paths that wind past San Francisco’s most beloved landmarks and neighborhoods—the Golden Gate Bridge, Ghirardelli Square, Lombard Street, Chinatown, Haight-Ashbury, The Castro, and more.

You have to see Rolling through the Bay in action to appreciate Weaver’s craftsmanship, as well as his quirky, enthusiastic joy in creating each inch. Watch a video of him giving a tour of the piece, below, or see it on display at The Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium in San Francisco until June 19.


(Thanks, Curbly.)

6/16/2011 1:51:35 PM

@steve: The "too much time on his hands" comment has to set a new standard for maximum self-righteousness in a single post. You might also note that 3000 hours over 35 years works out to less than 2 hours per week; his family and loved ones could probably spare him for that long. Does the calculus of social worth give any weight to the thousands of people he has delighted over the years?

steve eatenson
6/15/2011 11:41:18 AM

Here is someone with far too much time on his hands! How much good could he have done in his beloved San Francisco donating those 3,000 hours serving food at a local soup kitchen, sitting and talking to the elderly or disabled, reading to children, volunteering at any social service agency of his choice? Heck, he stole 3,000 hours from his family and loved ones. Maybe they would have liked to have him present for them. Maybe he did no real harm, but did he do any real good for anyone else but his own ego? We need people with this kind of energy and creativity to focus their gifts on things that matter.

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