Stan Munro, the guy pictured above, built an entire 1:164 scale city of famous temples and towers out of toothpicks. We chatted a bit while he worked on one of the final Towers for the MOST. He's a really nice guy who is seriously into architecture and has a gift for working with toothpicks. The detail he produces is stunning!
Having all of those buildings right next to each gave such a sense of scale. I couldn't comprehend 1.5 million people pouring into the Grand Mosque, but toothpicks depicting it next to buildings I've seen put it in perspective. It's enormous even at 1:164 scale!
And there is just something about seeing the Seattle Space Needle in the background of St Patrick's Cathedral that makes the world seem smaller and a little bit happier.
More pics from that day are in my Toothpick City Flickr photo-set. There's lots more on Stan's website toothpickcity.com.