When Ben Ahles wondered if he could glue together thousands of matches to form a sphere, he knew he had to try. 10 months and 42,000 matches later, he finally finished his project. And to celebrate, he set it on fire.
According to Ben, the idea for the sphere came to him while he was playing with matches one day. Fascinated, he put together a digital model to see if it’s possible. Turns out, it was, but not before crashing his laptop from all the heavy rendering.
He then spent some US$500 (AUS$631) for materials, and started gluing. For the next 10 months.
“I think the best way to describe this process is to articulate my mental and emotional state while gluing matches together for hours upon hours,” he said, adding:
“I kept going! And it kept growing! And it started to look less like a sphere and more like a child’s approximation of a sphere. I had to let go of the idea of perfection when I saw that I hadn’t been able to maintain a perfect growth just by eyeballing the placing of the matches.
“I guess I could have templated the curvature and really tried to nail it but I was so far past the point of caring that I just wanted to get it done.”
Once complete, Ben went out to a snowy forest, set up some cameras, and lit the sphere. The resulting video from the stunt is as mesmerising as it is intense.
P.S. Please don’t try this at home – although we doubt anyone would have the time and patience to do so.
Via Bored Panda