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10,000 Matchsticks. A Tribute to John Walker

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  • Tribute 2 - John Walker
    Inventor of the matchstick

    The second in my series of typographic tributes. This time it is for the inventor of the modern day matchstick, John Walker. Over a few months, I created this piece using 10,000 matchsticks. Of course, I had to set it alight too.

    While Walker was preparing a lighting mixture on one occasion, a match which had been dipped in it took fire by an accidental friction upon the hearth. He at once appreciated the practical value of the discovery, and started making friction matches. 


  • 100 x 100 = 10,000. That's a a lot of matchsticks. I bought 223 boxes of matchsticks containing 45 matchsticks in each. To my surprise, it wasn't too expensive at only 87 cents per box of 10. Total price was just over $19
  • Sunday night, on a beach in Port Melbourne