A Big Ball Of Matches


When you start gluing matches together, the shape of the matches (wider at the head) tends toward the form of a sphere. What to do? Youtuber All Is Art sez:

This was an experiment in how many matches it would take to get all the way around to make a perfect globe.  After months of gluing and gluing and gluing we made it to the other side.  Then the experiment shifted to see what it would look like when this thing burned. Enjoy!


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17 thoughts on “A Big Ball Of Matches

  1. The Ghost of Starina

    and that, boys and girls, is what shall happen to our own planet someday in the far, far distant future.

    Reminds me of Melancholia.

      1. The Ghost of Starina

        well i was actually referring to 7.5 billion years from now when we are consumed by the sun.

        but global warming works, too.

        1. Nigel

          Oh, I know that now, but I was careless in my first reading and thought you were referring to one rather than the other, yay for the edit function.

    1. b

      what better way to provide a visual metaphor for the slow rise in temperatures over long periods of time by displaying a speedily engulfing fireball

          1. Nigel

            The point of metaphors is not to be perfect simulacra of that which they are compared to, but to illuminate aspects of reality, like a sudden burst of light, showing deeper truths.

      1. Tina Tequila

        ‘guy who builds a flameball from matches yet struggles to light a match’ is somehow an apt metaphor for our times

  2. H

    I liked that, and enjoyed it for what it was rather than assigning a deeper meaning to it – watching stuff burn is quite enjoyable :-)

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