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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

100,000 Toothpicks - CA State Fair 2009

Next to the Creative Arts gallery at the California State Fair is the Fine Arts gallery. Photos, ceramics, paintings, sculptures, and mixed media are what you expect and every year is full of surprises.

Before we entered the building we could see a crowd around a straw colored piece that was maybe 8-10 feet tall. Was it? Could it be? It was! The amazing toothpick creation! If you were impressed by the 38,250 Beaded Van Gogh Iris (and honestly, who wasn't?), get a load of this--

Rolling Through The Bay by Scott Weaver

More about the artist and his work:

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Scott was there answering questions about the piece and putting ping pong balls on tracks that wound through the sculpture. It was mesmerizing to see the white and yellow balls weaving their way past Victorians, the GG Bridge, cable cars, the Bay Bridge, and other SF landmarks.

Scott Weaver with his sculpture

What I got out of him was, "moving van", and "about 20 lbs" before he took a lunch break.

We saw a package about Scott on the local news a few months ago so we were familiar with the work but it was really something to see it close up.

Palace of Fine Arts Rotunda

Ferry Building

My brother and I made toothpick "sculptures" when we were kids, but this takes it to a completely different level.

Full Sail

Ghirardelli Square

Tube Riding
(click to see the surfers)

I wish I took more pictures. To see more of Scott's work, visit Rolling Through the Bay.

Next: More Fine Arts

California State Fair
August 21 - September 7, 2009
Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento , CA 95815

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  • how do you move that?!

    By Blogger Jasmine, at 8/26/2009 10:31 PM  

  • That's what I asked. He replied, "Moving van."

    By Blogger Bogie, at 8/26/2009 10:36 PM  

  • Please don't feel slighted by the short answer. For 9 days straight, Scott stood there in the floodlights, surrounded by crowds for hours, answering the same questions over and over again, even when the temperatures soared and his voice was going. He'll be back at the California State Fair today and tomorrow.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/06/2009 7:41 AM  

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