What This Guy Does With Toothpicks Has Nothing To Do With Teeth


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Artists are known for building entire worlds out of thin air.

Some take a two-dimensional approach and others invite a third to the party, letting graphite, clay, and blocks of wood be their creative guides. But some people, like artist Bob Morehead, prefer to inject every single step in their process with a healthy dose of ingenuity.

For Morehead, that starts with his choice of materials. Instead of using wood in the traditional sense, he builds structures out of thousands and thousands of toothpicks.

His most famous pieces to date are part of a collection called "Bob's Toothpick City."

His most famous pieces to date are part of a collection called "Bob's Toothpick City."

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The hulking series required the use of over 300,000 toothpicks.

The hulking series required the use of over 300,000 toothpicks.

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Impressively, no forms were used to create these pieces.

Impressively, no forms were used to create these pieces.

Bob Morehead

"Each building is unique. Some contain multiple rooms, floors, windows, and stairways," he writes.

"Each building is unique. Some contain multiple rooms, floors, windows, and stairways," he writes.

Bob Morehead

Because he was born in Italy, Morehead has always been fascinated by the stacked architecture of the Amalfi Coast.

Because he was born in Italy, Morehead has always been fascinated by the stacked architecture of the Amalfi Coast.

Bob Morehead

That paired with a healthy appreciation for all things atypical inspired him to turn individual structures into a sprawling metropolis.

That paired with a healthy appreciation for all things atypical inspired him to turn individual structures into a sprawling metropolis.

Bob Morehead

Although most people argue that art is best viewed from afar, Morehead's work flies in the face of that notion by looking just as stunning from up close, if not more so.

Although most people argue that art is best viewed from afar, Morehead's work flies in the face of that notion by looking just as stunning from up close, if not more so.

Bob Morehead

Each building in the collection is a member of one seriously unique cast of characters.

Each building in the collection is a member of one seriously unique cast of characters.

Bob Morehead

And it's no secret that this artist's attention to detail is in a league of its own.

And it's no secret that this artist's attention to detail is in a league of its own.

Bob Morehead

To learn more about Bob Morehead and his growing collection, be sure to check out his website.

For regular updates, follow him on Facebook!

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