A matchstick is probably one of the most mundane things you could find at home. While it’s mostly used to create fire, some see a much different use for these tiny wooden things.
Check out these creative men who made exceptional artworks just by using a matchstick and see if it would not inspire you. You would never see matchsticks in the same way again.
It’s no wonder Jack Hall was dubbed as “The Matchstick Man.” This guy created numerous musical instruments using matchsticks. And not only are they life-size, these instruments work too! This ‘Guinness Book World of Records’ winner was completed using 10,000 pieces of matches in 1984. But Hall did not stop there. He also created a case for his ukulele so it would be easier to transport.
- Miniature Church
The matchstick rendition of the Church of St. Nicholas in Zamosc was Wieslaw Laszkeiwick’s gift to Pope Benedict XVI. The Polish artist used more than half a million pieces of matchsticks, which were carefully carved and pieced together to form the church. It was also outfitted with a light inside to enhance the colored glass windows of the church.
- Miniature Taj Mahal
While the Taj Mahal took 20 years to be completed, Shaikh Salimbhai’s smaller version needed only 19 days. Of course, it’s probably 1 out of 1000 times smaller than the real one, but the Indian artist paid full attention to the original’s detail and carefully crafted it using 75,000 matchsticks.
- Matchstick Art
When done properly and captured nicely, the burning matchstick and the smoke coming out of it could produce interesting art. Russian photographer and artist Stanislav Aristov create artworks that make use of burning matchsticks and its smoke and forms them into different animals and insects. The results are astounding.
- F1 Sports Car
Michael Arndt used 956,000 pieces of matchsticks to come up with a life-size replica of an F1 car, and a McLaren at that. He spent 6,000 euros to build the car, which is often invited to exhibits and conventions.