A man spent eight years building a 24-foot matchstick Eiffel Tower, but was denied the world record.
Richard Blood began making a replica of the famous Paris landmark in 2015, and hoped that upon completion it would have a place in the world. Guinness World Records (GWR) to The tallest matchstick statue.
But the organization ruled that most of the 706,900 matches it used were ineligible for official registration because they were not commercially available and had been significantly altered from their original form.
“It is disappointing, frustrating, incomprehensible and deeply unfair,” Blood told The Times. “It’s part of the dream that survived.”
He added in a social media post: “Tell me how 706,900 sticks stuck one after another are not identical. My match tower is still standing and will be 7.19 meters (23.6 feet) high for a long time.
He said officials from GWR, which describes itself as “the global authority on all things record-breaking,” made their decision without visiting his model.
Mr. Blood, who works in the works and bridges department of the Charente Maritime Council in western France, finally completed his project on December 27, the centenary of his death. Gustave EiffelThe original tower engineer.
The 47-year-old started by buying matches from supermarkets and then cutting off the heads by hand. “But it was very subtle,” he said in an interview in January.
In an effort to make the process easier, the pattern maker convinced Flam’Up, a French manufacturer, to supply him with large quantities of matchboxes without heads.
This decision on construction method appears to have had a decisive influence on Guinness World Records’ judgment. Blood said he was told that heads would have to be scratched for his attempt to be valid.
The current record belongs to Lebanese craftsman Tawfiq Daher, who created a 21-foot (6.53-meter) model. Eiffel tower. Mr. Daher used approximately six million matchsticks, according to the GWR website, and unveiled his creation in Beirut on November 11, 2009 in celebration of Guinness World Records Day.
The construction technique used by Mr. Blood involved 402 panels that were designed to fit together to form a matchstick tower. Construction work took place on his house in Montpellier-de-Médilan, a village in western France.
While Blood was putting the finishing touches on the model last year, his wife, Sandra, told a French TV station that she was looking forward to “reclaiming her living room.”
(Tags for translation)Matchstick Model