Thursday, September 27, 2007

Saimir Strati's Toothpick Mosaic

Today’s featured mosaic is another odd one by Saimir Strati. He holds the Guinness World Record for this mosaic as well. It is the largest mosaic made of toothpicks. Unlike his nail mosaic, the image used is his own, not a copy of someone else’s art. It is a horse and is called Reinless Spirit.

The mosaic took 40 days of work. To create the different colors in the mosaic, Strati used toothpicks made of different types of wood. To see pictures of Strati in the process of creating the mosaic, click here.

Strati says he was inspired by Antoni Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, an unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain. In the picture below, notice that the building looks a bit like toothpicks set at uneven heights.

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