See Miniature Toothpick Replicas of World Landmarks at Fuller Craft Museum
Stan Munro describes himself as an “armchair traveler.”
About a decade ago, while staying home to take care of his wife Suzi, who was diagnosed with polycystic kidney-liver disease, watching various shows on the Travel, History, and Discovery channels became the former television reporter’s form of escaping reality. Inspired by the architectural landmarks he saw on TV, Munro began crafting his own miniature replicas—made entirely out of toothpicks.
Since then, he’s sold a collection of his works to a museum in Spain and showcased others in two traveling exhibitions. This month, Fuller Craft Museum will open “Toothpick World: From Sliver to Skyline,” showcasing 22 of Munro’s creations.
The exhibition features replicas—built on a 1:164 scale—of landmarks from all over the world, including the Empire State Building, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Big Ben, Taj Mahal, and Arc de Triomphe, to name a few. It also includes three Boston fixtures—Fenway Park, Hancock Place, and Trinity Church.
“Trinity Church has been on my radar for a long time, and it’s like nothing else I’ve ever done,” says Munro in a press release, lauding the building’s Richardsonian Romanesque style. “It was so exciting to go there and be at that point in my career where yes, I can get the blueprints from the building and really make it as authentic as possible.”
On January 17, the museum will also host a “Build and Play Family Day,” inviting families to build their own wooden creations, create a large-scale cardboard playground, and hear from an architect/designer to explore building as a career.
“Toothpick World: From Sliver to Skyline” will be on view from December 19 through March 27, 2016 at Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton, fullercraft.org.