Building a Model of San Francisco One Toothpick At a Time

Building a Model of San Francisco One Toothpick At a Time

Marcia Prentice
Jun 15, 2010

Last night I was constructing an architectural model out of foam core. As I was procrastinating, I searched online for inspirational models. To my delight, I discovered Scott Weaver and his toothpick model of San Francisco. He started building the toothpick structure at age 17 and 3000 hours and over 30 years later he finished his brilliant creation.

The model alone had us impressed, but its functionality blows past any and all expectations. A ping pong ball is placed at entry points in the model and rolls along the streets of San Francisco. The structure stands 9 feet tall and is 7 feet wide. Scott explains in his You Tube video that he created the model to show people what can be accomplished from creativity and hard work.

I am definitely inspired from this fantastic work of art.

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