I am always amazed when I see the work of artisans who seem to create amazing works of art out materials that most would categorize as bland and pedestrian.
Such is the case with the work of California artist Scott Weaver.
What's amazing isn't that Scott has created the skyline of San Francisco.
And it's not amazing to learn that the piece has taken him some 35 years to create.
What is amazing is that this artist used 100,000 toothpicks to create this sculpture, securing the pieces together only with the use of Elmer's glue.
He says that he started creating toothpick art when he was just 8, a child growing up in the bay area in a "Frisco" family that dates back three generations.
The piece measures 9 feet tall by 7 feet wide and is 30 inches deep.
While Scott says that he started the work 35 years ago, he also says that there were times when he worked diligently on the project for extended period of times then stopping to do other things like getting married and having a son.
While the artist used box and after box of the "grocery" store type toothpicks, family and friends would also send him T-Picks from their travels across the world so one can find "picks" from many places and far distanct corners.
Michael is an award winning interior designer based in Palm Desert, CA. He is a Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers and a member of the ASID College of Fellows.
As a Certified Aging In Place Specialist, he creates smart looking spaces that are safe and secure and create homes for a lifetime.
And with thirty plus years in the profession, he has honed his humor, elevated his passion for design and sharpened his wit to not take anything too seriously except his design work.