Rolling Through The Bay - San Francisco, California
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 37° 48.081 W 122° 23.843
10S E 553050 N 4183945
Quick Description: Created by Scott Weaver over 45 years, this toothpick sculpture has pathways throughout for ping pong balls, going past the major sites of San Francisco. There are 16 entry points into the sculpture with different and intersecting pathways.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 11/11/2019 8:28:05 AM
Waymark Code: WM11M81
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Touchstone
Views: 9

Long Description:
This 9-foot tall, 7-foot wide sculpture is located in San Francisco's Exploratorium. Scott Weaver visits a couple of times a month to demonstrate and explain the features.

Scott started his sculpture with a model of curvy Lombard Street and he thought it would be cool to be able to roll a ping pong ball down the street. Over the year he added such recognizable items as Cable Cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, Coit Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid, Chinatown, Alcatraz, The Palace of Fine Arts, Sutro tower, the Ferry Building Clock Tower, the 1929 Cliff House, the Painted Ladies, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, a Windmill from Golden Gate Park and the Coke Bottle and Mitt from the Giants Stadium. This is an ongoing sculpture as he's working at home on a 39 inch model of the Salesforce Tower to be added eventually.

The sculpture include toothpicks from different countries around the world. There are bushes, mushrooms, palm trees and landscaping. There's a model of Scott doing the Alcatraz swim as well as a handstand on his skateboard. When Scott was married, his guests threw toothpicks at them, which were collected and then added to the sculpture.


Toothpick Artist
Scott Weaver

Here's a YouTube video of Scott explaining how the sculpture developed and its many featured items.

Scott once drove the sculpture cross-country to be on display at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.

Here's some close-up of some features. Click on images to see full size images. Visit the waymark galley for even more images.

Alcatraz Chinatown Cable Car
Ferry Building Clock Tower Sutro Tower Windmill at Golden Gate Park TransAmerica Pyramid
Golden Gate Bridge Painted Ladies, Victorians San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

Title or Name of Installment: Rolling Through The Bay

Artist: Scott Weaver

Date Created or Placed: Started in 1974, ongoing

Website: [Web Link]

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