Interactive Sculpture of San Francisco

Wednesday 6 March 2013

'Rolling Through the Bay' is an unbelieveable interactive sculpture by Scott Weaver which is made from 100,000 toothpicks. Sam spent an estimated 3,000 hours on the project over the last 35 years. The piece contains a host of iconic symbols and landmarks from the city, including a dragon to represent Chinatown, Humphrey the whale, Rice A Roni cable cars, and of course the Golden Gate Bridge.

Looking at photos could never compare to watching Weaver's 'tours' of the city in which pingpong balls move through different parts of the city. As he gives the tour you learn that he's added a lot of personal touches, such as including the times he, his wife, and mother were born on the Ferry Building clock tower. You can watch the video by clicking here.

Weaver is an artist who has been building toothpick sculptures since he was 8 years old, back in 1968. The idea for this sculpture came in 1974, when constructing a new sculpture, Scott Weaver added the Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street, which had a ping-pong ball roll through it. Building on that idea, after a long and sinuous artistic journey, the 'Rolling through the Bay' toothpick sculpture is finally complete. The artist has worked on it on and off, staying busy with other projects too. You can see it on display in the Tinkering Studio.