Feb 20, 2014

Minas Tirith Made From 420,000 Matchsticks

 

Minas Tirith (aka the White City and City of the Kings) is the capital of Gondor, a fictional city and castle from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

Completed in 2010 after three years of work, artist Pat Acton recreated the famed city using 420,000 meticulously placed matchsticks and a lot of glue. He used an additional 24,000 small wooden blocks to construct Mount Mindoulluin, which supports the colossal matchstick structure.

To create his artworks, Acton purchases matchsticks (without the sulfur tip) directly from match manufacturers. All of his models (that have not been purchased) can be viewed at the Matchstick Marvels Museum in Gladbrook, Iowa. The museum is open 7 days a week from 1-5 pm (April 1 – Nov. 30). Admission for adults is $5; kids aged 5-12 $3; and free for anyone younger.

You can see more of Acton’s amazing matchstick models on his website and Facebook page.

 

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Artwork by PAT ACTON/MATCHSTICK MARVELS
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Artwork by PAT ACTON/MATCHSTICK MARVELS
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Artwork by PAT ACTON/MATCHSTICK MARVELS
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Artwork by PAT ACTON/MATCHSTICK MARVELS
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Artwork by PAT ACTON/MATCHSTICK MARVELS
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Artwork by PAT ACTON/MATCHSTICK MARVELS
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Artwork by PAT ACTON/MATCHSTICK MARVELS
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Artwork by PAT ACTON/MATCHSTICK MARVELS
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