New York-based artist Andy Yoder spent two years painstakingly assembling a massive globe that is illustrated with thousands of matchsticks. In an act of extraordinary patience and devotion, the sculptor individually painted each of the match heads to correspond with their place on the map. The oversized globe will be on display in the upcoming PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair as part of the Winkleman Gallery booth.

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Evoking a giant elementary school earth science project, the matchstick sculpture is incredibly accurately detailed, from swirls of weather clouds to peppered mountains stretching across continents. Each land mass is surrounded with the appropriate gradation of color, representing shallower parts of the ocean along the coast lines, blue lakes within the land masses and brown and tan deserts and mountains. Like pixels, each tiny matchstick head represents a tiny fleck of color that makes up the big picture.

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The matchsticks stay secure within a sturdy frame that is held in place with wood glue. The frame itself is made up of rounded foam, plywood and cardboard, giving the globe its necessary spherical bulk. To keep the whole earth from setting ablaze, Yoder coated the sculpture’s surface with flame retardant, ensuring safe travels to and from the art fair.

You can check out the piece for yourself at PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair, which will run from May 8-11, 2014.

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