Ok, this isn't anything cinematic, or heck, really much of anything camera related (other than he managed to film the event in slow motion which is freaking cool).
But I found it fascinating and wanted to share. Maybe you'll find it interesting too!
Of course, the father and old man in me wonders if he had a fire extinguisher handy or worried at all about burning down the trees around his house.
And what about all that time spent building the thing… and the glue? Wow, that's dedication.
The slow motion at the end where the flames have mostly gone out but yet the smoke keeps pulsing out of the ball is darn cool.
Guy Lights A Ball Of 42,000 Matches All At Once And It's Utterly Beautiful
Via Viral Motion:
One day, wallacemk was playing around with matches when an insane idea popped into his mind. Now, most people would have just left it there and let it remain as idle chat, but not this hero among men.
Nearly a year after conjuring up the idea, Wallace's idea had taken the internet by storm. It's the perfect combination of being SO nerdy, and mind-blowingly awesome (kinda like an Avengers movie). Wallace's project involved gluing 42,000 matches together to create a giant sphere, and then setting it on fire.
And it is beautiful.
Speaking to Bored Panda, this is Wallace's remarkable story…
“It took about ten months and I think the cost was around $500.
“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.”
(cover photo credit: snap from Viral Motion)