“Where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars…”
Constructed from more than 100,000 toothpicks over a span of 35 years, Scott Weaver’s “Rolling Through the Bay” ranks right up there with Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City and Tony Bennet’s beatific ballad in the canon of San Francisco classics. The artist first began building sculptures from splintered birch bits when he was 8 years old. His utter mastery of the form is magnified all the more by the childlike sense of joy with which he imbues every inch of his work.
Recently on display in the Tinkering Studio, “Rolling Through the Bay” includes an articulate array of tours that can be followed by dropping ping pong balls into the piece at varying points: “The Powell St Cable Car Tour” passes by rainbow-hued toothpicks celebrating the Castro District, while the “Mount Tam Tour” features miniature mighty redwoods. Check out the vid to see the rest of Weaver’s wonderfully detailed tribute.