by Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 26 February 2014

Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor and the fictional city in J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’, was left in shambles soon after the ‘War of the Ring’. But it has been rebuilt – with matchsticks! Matchstick wizard Pat Acton of Matchstick Marvels reconstructed the fantastical city from 420,000 matchsticks over a span of three years. He also used a lot of glue and 24,000 small wooden blocks to construct ‘Mount Mindoulluin’, which serves as the support for the entire piece. It comes complete with the Citadel, the White Tower of Ecthelion, the Tree of Gondor, and a very imposing presence. The only thing left to do is populate it with weary knights and the blood-thirsty armies of Mordor.

Acton’s sculptures are displayed at the Matchstick Marvels Museum in Gladbrook, Iowa.

Via My Modern Met