Man Set Wooden Sphere Composed Of 42,000 Matches Ablaze

StoryfulPublished: February 14, 2018127,911 views
Published: February 14, 2018

Benjamin Ahles wanted to find out how many matches would need to be glued together to form a perfect globe, with the eventual aim of setting in on fire. 42,000 matches later, it’s lit. The results of the experiment, said to have taken place in upstate New York, yielded this amazing footage of the fireball burning in slow motion.

This artist spent 10 months carefully gluing 42,000 matches into a giant sphere, only to let it burn in few seconds. The oddly satisfying video features the magical moment when thousands of matches glued to a globe shape burn in unison, and make up for one majestic sight indeed!

He came up with this idea while he was playing with matches and wondered if he could form a sphere if he kept gluing matches together. In addition, he used modeling software to see how many matches he would need to finalize the project. This experiment cost $500 and it took 42,000 matches, a lot of hot glue, and a lot of patience.

Footage shows Benjamin gluing matches from scratch and over a long period of time, the time lapse video shows the sphere progressing and starting to take a circular shape, only to create a globe when it is completed.

He kept on gluing and the globe kept on growing. When the project was finally over, Benjamin took the time to marvel the beauty. In the end, the sphere differed in its coloration even though all the matches he used were green.

The most exciting part of all is watching it burn. It took several attempts for the globe of matches to catch on fire, but when it finally did, the fire spread fast and the globe started burning like a fireball! Fortunately, he captured this marvellous moment from four different angles and the resulting video is indeed hypnotic.

Credit: All is Art via Storyful

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