1. This matchstick model of the globe, made by artist Andy Yoder, weighs 200 pounds and took 2 years to complete.
Here, the globe is pictured in Yoder’s studio in his backyard.
2. Yoder told BuzzFeed in a phone call that the project required 300,000 hand-painted matches.
He said he took five matches at a time, dipped them in paint, and laid them on a strip of wood to dry. He got so good at it that he could get through a box of 300 matches in 15 minutes.
3. To complete the earth’s core, he used plywood, cardboard fins, and expanding foam. Then, he covered the sphere in rice paper and marked out where each colored match would go.
Yoder said by that point it was pretty much a “slightly more complicated paint by numbers project.”
4. Yoder said the inspiration behind the piece is the global warming crisis.
“The fact that it is made out of matches — it’s very fraught, there’s potential for fire, for destruction.”
5. He included an image of Hurricane Sandy approaching the East Coast, which was happening around the same time he began the project.
Yoder said he also decided to include Hurricane Sandy because he was going through a divorce at the time, and the storm served as a metaphor for the “shifting dynamics within [his] family.”