Pat Acton is the Iowa native artist of Matchstick Marvels who is involved in the making of a massive model of Minas Tirith, the fictional city within the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. In constructing such a mystical city, he needed 420,000 matchsticks.
Actually, Acton has been working with matchsticks since he graduated from college back in 1977. In his creation, he uses some techniques which he got from his experience when choosing the right material to bring the intricate structure together.
Acton’s model consists of hundreds of city buildings from the fully fleshed out series like the White Tower of Ecthelion, the Citadel, and the Tree of Gondor which overall he could complete it nearly in three years.
Actually, Acton also utilized 24,000 small wooden blocks to build Mount Mindolluin, which happen to also serve as a supportive structure for the towering matchstick sculpture.