Don’t you love when someone can take a simple everyday item and make something magical? For Stan Munro, it’s toothpicks and the world’s greatest attractions in his impressive Toothpick World. It all started when Stan’s grade school art project to build a ‘toothpick structure that can hold the weight of an egg’ turned out to be strong enough to hold an egg, textbooks and even a desk! Thirty years later, a 6th grade dream has come true.
His first project, Toothpick City is a record of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. Over 1.3 million toothpicks and 21 gallons of glue was used over 2 years to create this incredible structure, currently on display in Spain. Toothpick World is a traveling exhibition of over 60 famous temples, towers and buildings around the world.
The story of Stan Munro is fascinating and inspiring. Before creating his amazing work, he had careers as a true-crime writer, hospital administrator and a TV feature reporter! About 10 years ago, Stan’s lovely wife Suzi was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney-Liver Disease. He stayed home to be with her and that’s when he began toothpicking. It’s been challenging but Suzi is doing well and Stan has a portfolio of incredible sculptures and a 2015 Guinness World Record for the Tallest Toothpick Structure for his creation of Burj Khalifa, Dubai at over 16ft! Meet this unbelievably charming couple, learn more about Stan’s work and PKLD in this video. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll feel like anything is possible!
Follow Toothpick World on facebook and if it comes to your city, don’t miss it! This is one inspiring testament to what a bit of imagination can do!
How many of Stan’s buildings have you visited?