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Salisbury Cathedral meets mini me matchstick replica

Tue 20 Aug 2019
By Ruth Sax

A man has patiently and painstakingly constructed a replica of Salisbury Cathedral out of 800,000 matchsticks.

Creator, Barry King from Amesbury has spent six and a half years building the West Front of the cathedral and has now taken his creation to be displayed at Salisbury's Guild Hall, via Salisbury Cathedral to pose for a photo with the model in front of the real building.

Barry said it will "take another 15 years to complete" the model of the whole cathedral and he is hoping to break a world record of the biggest matchstick model ever made when he completes it.



Barry said he started the project as a way of "challenging himself" and to "create some artwork to be remembered for."

So far Barry has spent 400 - 500 hours of work on the unlit matchstick creation on top of his full time job.

When finished it will measure 15ft by 9ft and it is expected to be made up of six million matchsticks.



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