a Firefox-OS-based Chromecast-style device, kickstarted on the promise
of bringing open, user-rights-respecting video to our homes – then they
decided to add DRM.
They added it because they decided that without Netflix (who demand DRM)
and other video services, it wouldn’t be any fun. The process of adding
DRM turned out to be such a clusterfuck that they had to shut down the
venture altogether. They’re refunding the money they took in in
It’s nice that they’re refunding backers’ money, but I side with the
backers who say, “Screw DRM, just ship me the Matchstick I backed, which
had no DRM in it in the first place.”
These cleverly created creatures and shapes are the work of Russian artist and photographer Stanislav Aristov. Each one is a clever combination of burnt matches, smoke, flames, and just a touch of Photoshop. Stanislav says that the idea came to him completely by accident:
“I was playing with a pack of matches while I was deciding what to photograph for a competition. It was while I was watching the match that I began to think of how it represents life. There is the burnt part representing the past, the smoke of memories left and the untouched part of the match the future.”
These took quite a while, I started these sprite edits months ago, procrastinated a lot, and then finally finished them. Each of the felts’ outfits has a theme of a place and era or a person/character in history, it was fun to painstakingly find references for each of them c: (free to use but please credit me).
“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.
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.
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.