Patrick Acton’s Matchstick Marvels

Notre Dame – 298,000 matchsticks

Iowa artist Patrick Acton has glued over 4 million ordinary wooden matchsticks into 65 incredibly detailed scale models of life-like sculptures, complex machines, and world renown architecture. Acton has used the tiny two-inch long sticks to build huge models like his 13-foot long true-to-scale model of the battleship USS Iowa, and a 12-foot lighted model of the United States Capitol.


Minas Tirith – 420,000 matchsticks

Hogwarts – 620,000 matchsticks

Space Shuttle Challenger – 200,000 matchsticks

USS Iowa – 137,000 matchsticks

United States Capitol – 480,000 matchsticks


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