“I always had a dream that I would build the world’s largest toothpick sculpture,” Weaver says as he climbs a step ladder and plunks a ball into Coit Tower.” Then “It’s not, but none of them has a pingpong ball that rolls through it” . . . that’s where the difference lies!
Obsessed with this dream, their living room was possessed by his toothpick world, depriving the wife of its use. Now, after the past 3 and a half decades – 3,000 hours of labour of love and 100,000 toothpicks, Scott Weaver has finally come through with his unique presentation of “Rolling through the Bay.”
As on display in the Tinkering Studio . . .
“I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building. I also have many friends and family members that collect toothpicks in their travel for me. For example, some of the trees in Golden Gate Park are made from toothpicks from Kenya, Morocco, Spain, West Germany and Italy. The heart inside the Palace of Fine Arts is made out of toothpicks people threw at our wedding,” says the artist.
Scott Weaver’s amazing piece, made with over 100,000 toothpicks over the course of 35 years, is a depiction of San Francisco, with multiple ball runs that allow you to go on “tours” of different parts of the city.