Stan Munro has spent the last six years of his life recreating some of the world’s most important landmarks out of nothing else but toothpicks.
Most people use them to get rid of food scraps from between their teeth, but 38-year-old Stan Munro, a former television host, uses them to create wooden works of art. Stan takes between one day and six months to glue together 1:164 scale models of some of the most impressive structures on Earth.
In order to create his amazing Toothpick City, Stan Munro has so far used six million toothpicks and 172 liters of glue, but his work is far from over. Right now he is working on a toothpick replica of Angkor Wat, the most complex structure he has ever had to build. All his models are on display at the Museum of Science and Technology, in Syracuse, New York.
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Here are some of his most incredible-looking toothpick creations:
Angkor Wat, a work in progress
The Sydney Opera House in Australia
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City
The Chrysler Building, Petronas Towers, Taipei 101, The Woolworth Building and the Met Life Tower
The Aspire Tower in Doha, Qatar
The Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth
St Peter’s Square, Vatican City
The al-Haram mosque in Mecca
The Taj Mahal
Tower Bridge, London
The Brooklyn Bridge and Big Ben
the Cutty Sark