the world is a complete mystery to aries, and they want to seek out and explore every facet of the universe. there is a simmering crackling energy that encircles aries, it ignites the friction of a matchstick, sensual sexuality, and fluid enthusiasm. they seem to flow with change, celebrate life, and release a wild divine spirit


This angry matchstick of a boy, who was as quick to light as he was to extinguish. Who didn’t mentally hoard all Adam’s past transgressions to hurl at him when he wasn’t prepared. Who forgave him when he did something wrong. Who meant it when he said he was sorry.

Even so, it was hard for Adam to believe a fight was really over, that there weren’t any more blows to dodge.

These quotes are from Just To Be Quiet, a beautiful fan fiction by @arranbyrn.

The fic is based off of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle


“PLANE LOCO” - Steampunk flying locomotive model contains over 1,000,000 matchsticks, 190L of glue, and approximately 3000 hours to construct by Pat Acton . 

It measures over 6M long and 2.75M high, with a wing span of 3.95M

The steampunk model is Pat’s own design, based loosely a 2-6-0 steam locomotive from the early 1900s and Leonardo da Vinci’s wing design from the 1500s.

 It will remain on display at Matchstick Marvels until the end of July before delivery to Ripley’s Believe It or Not for placement in one of the their worldwide museums. It is the largest matchstick creation Acton has made.

Via Nothersunprint / The Walkin Tourists 


New York City-based artist Andy Yoder used thousands of hand-painted matchsticks to create this awesome globe. The painstaking process took him two years, during which each match was glued onto a foam and cardboard frame inside a plywood skeleton. Entitled Early One Morning, the sculpture measures 42" in diameter.

And in case you’re daydreaming about setting this matchstick Earth on fire, Yoder’s son, Redditor yoderaustin, explained that the entire piece has been doused with flame retardant.

Early One Morning will be on display from May 8 -11, 2014 at the PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair.

Click here for additional photos.

[via Junkculture]

And imagine the basement he built it in!

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#5. A Lord of the Rings City Made of Matchsticks

For reasons that neither science nor theology will ever be able to explain, Patrick Acton decided to spend three years of his life stacking matchsticks together to form the mountain city of Minas Tirith… Between the fortified city and the mountain upon which it sits, this seven-tier structure was built using 450,000 individual matchsticks. … He even managed to build curved walls and the winding branches of a miniature tree using nothing but tiny, brittle sticks.

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