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Hi,

Patrick Acton is an artist a lot of people have never heard of.  He doesn't primarily do drawings or paintings, he makes massively complex art out of matchsticks...lots and LOTS of matchsticks.   He has a website created for him and his work here:

www.matchstickmarvels.com/matc…

Back in May, I took a trip to the small community of Gladbrook, Iowa (USA) to the Matchstick Marvel museum.  I was lucky enough to get some photos of his works that are temporarily housed there before the Ripley's "Believe it or Not" group takes them to their museums around the world.  Here's some photos, some of which has my sister in them...

20150502 130959 by simpspin  20150502 131539 by simpspin  20150502 131657 by simpspin 20150502 130809 by simpspin

All of these contain over 300,000 matchsticks that have been carefully bent, sanded and glued together.  The "Flying Train" at the end has over 1 MILLION* matchsticks put into it and was only on display for a few weeks back in May 2015.  These pictures don't give this guy's work justice.  The attention to detail is incredible!  

*=I chatted with the curator and Mr. Acton purchases the matchsticks with the lighting end removed in boxes that have 3,000 pieces and that's how he keeps track of the number of sticks.

J.

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leif-j Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
:wave: Hey Jake. Thank you for the fave. :-) 
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stagedoorjohnnie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Where did that third mill picture go?
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simpspin Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
the photoshop app only saved it at 350k and it was horribly distorted when I saw it on a real computer.
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stagedoorjohnnie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Is there any other copy of it?
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xXLady-MafiaXx Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch, here's one for you! ^u^
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RLP88 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
only just noticed your fav, thanks! :)
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historianGirl Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fav.
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Keaton-Corrine Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the fave i dont deserve it D8
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Miss-Red-In-Hell Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav ! Meow :3 
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NinjaWithAHat Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Student General Artist
thanks so much for the fav <3
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