Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas San Diego, Ca. March 2012

Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas San Diego, Ca. March 2012
Eddie Arana, Rick Thibodeau, & Chris Bakunas at Luche Libre Taco Shop in San Diego, March 2012

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Beloit It Or Not

Somehow, I ended up in Beloit, Wisconsin...must of missed the turn.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day, May 2017

The Matchstick Marvels Museum In Gladbrook, Iowa

Recently I found myself in Gladbrook, Iowa, population 950, give or take a handful. This city (town? village? hamlet?) is located in  east-central Iowa and has to be one of the most interesting places I've ever visited.

For starters, the city (town? village? hamlet?), while boasting about a quarter of the population of the high school I attended, does have a movie theater (all showings are $2.00), a bowling alley, a public indoor swimming pool, biking and hiking trails, a 24-hour gym...and Patrick Acton's Matchstick Marvels museum (right next to the city hall).

When I first saw the signs advertising the museum as I was driving along Iowa highway 96 I thought to myself, "Hmmm, probably a bunch of doll houses or little log cabins."

Man o' man was I wrong.

Patrick Acton does not build doll houses or little log cabins out of matchsticks. He builds 500 pound Millennium Falcons with functioning landing gear, fully lit interiors and rotating antennas.

Patrick Acton is the Leonardo Da Vinci of Matchstick sculpture, as he is both an artist and a genius level engineer.

What this man creates with matchsticks is absolutely mind-boggling. Heck, the Ripley's Believe It or Not museums have purchased several of his creations and have them on display.

I'm going to post a few pics of what he has built using matchsticks, but I will also state that the pics do not do the creations justice - these have to be seen to be fully appreciated.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

West Street Sculpture Park, Galena Illinois

                                                        For scale