Artist Andy Yoder used 300,000 matchsticks to made a giant globe weighing 90kg and is 43 inches in diameter.
The project took him two years.
The New York based artist used satellite images of the Earth during Hurricane Sandy as a basis for the sculpture as well as a second hand desktop globe to help map the contours of each country.
Each matchstick is hand painted to achieve the most accurate colour pigment.
Reluctant to see all of his hard work go up in flames, Andy took the decision to dip each match in a fire retardant.
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