So where did Weaver get all of his toothpicks? “I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building,” he explains. “I also have many friends and family members that collect toothpicks in their travels 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.”
As you can see (if you watched the video) the sculpture features some of the most famous places in SF. On some of the tours, the ping pong balls roll past Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Painted Ladies (a.k.a. the “Full House” homes) and the World Series trophy. And on others, they travel through the (rainbow colored) toothpicks of The Castro, down Lombard Street and end up at Fisherman’s Wharf. Each landmark is jaw-droppingly detailed and some even commemorate memorable moments in Weaver’s own life like the birth of his son.
Rolling Through the Bay will be on display at the Tinkering Studio until May 31, 2011.
Images via The Tinkering Studio’s Flickr Stream