Small Town Iowa: Matchstick Marvels Museum in Gladbrook [Photos]
Meticulous and incredibly focused would be two ways to describe Iowa artist Patrick Acton. Very few people have the patience to take thousands upon thousands of wooden matchsticks and glue them together one by one, to create mind-blowing works of art.
Small Town Iowa Series: Gladbrook
After taking virtual trips to Ft. Atkinson to see the World's Smallest Church, and Independence to check out their historic train depot, our next stop in our "Small Town Iowa" series takes us to Gladbrook. A town of about 945 people in Tama county.
According to Matchstickmarvels.com, over the years, "Acton has glued a total of over 7 million ordinary wooden matchsticks into over 70 incredibly detailed scale models of life-like sculptures, complex machines, and world renown architecture."
Many of his creations are featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not museums around world. Luckily for us, much of his best work is featured right here in our own backyard at the Matchstick Marvels Museum, in Gladbrook.
It took 800,000 matchsticks and 28 gallons of glue for his latest creation
Scroll down to see photos of the Notre Dame Cathedral, U.S. Capital Building, USS Iowa and his latest masterpiece. As mentioned in their Facebook post, the new Mars 2020 Perseverance rover exhibit will open on May 20th and be on display all summer long. He's outdone himself this time, it's full-sized, now that's impressive.
Now keep scrolling, and let's check out some of his other works of art. Of course, nothing beats seeing them for yourself in-person.