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(click images for detail) Thirty five years ago I had yet to be born, but artist Scott Weaver had already begun work on this insanely complex kinetic sculpture, Rolling through the Bay , that he continues to modify and expand even today. The elaborate sculpture is comprised of multiple “tours” that move pingpong balls through neighborhoods, historical locations, and iconic symbols of San Francisco, all recreated with a little glue, some toothpicks, and an incredible amount of ingenuity. He admits in the video that there are several toothpick sculptures even larger than his, but none has the unique kinetic components he’s constructed. Via his website Weaver estimates he’s spent over 3,000 hours on the project, and the toothpicks have been sourced from around the world: I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building.
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Discarded maps are given a new direction in the hands of artist Nikki Rosato. “Two Bostons” All images used with permission, courtesy of Nikki Rosato . We might prefer it if our skin was smooth and wrinkle-proof, but Nikki Rosato celebrates the lines that mark us. In her work, the Boston-based artist, interested in portraiture and figurative work, draws parallels between the contours of our bodies and the lines on a map.
What is important to you 2011-ongoing It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you. After I lost someone I loved very much, I thought about death a lot.