42,000 Match Sphere Gets Lit

Published : 2/14/2018

Wallace was playing around with matches and a fascinating thought crossed his mind and he just had to follow it.

What happens when you start gluing matches together? Because the heads are slightly wider than the wooden bodies, they begin to form a sphere.

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 it become a perfect sphere.

Gluing it together was a painstakingly delicate task, but that didn’t stop Wallace from setting the whole thing on fire.

“I was playing around with matches one day and thought about how the heads of matches are slightly larger than the bodies. It got me wondering what would happen if I started gluing them together and never stopped. I imagined a sphere would form so I set out to find out.”

“As I started the project I was very interested in trying to figure out approximately how many matches I would need. I was buying them in boxes of 300 from my grocery store (I am sure they thought I was crazy) and needed to know if I was about to break the bank. I started playing around in the modeling software Rhino to get a sense of what this match sphere would ultimately become.”


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