This playful juxtaposition of a fire station mascot made out of ignited and spent matchsticks was an exercise in discovering limits of patient self-control through treatment of cheap, expendable material with a high level of craft. The Dalmatian’s real-fur look required nearly 15,000 matchsticks, pre-burnt or with heads snapped-off to ensure safety. To create a grain, they were glued one-at-a-time starting with the feet. The black spots are the burnt ends. I remember my excitement at the discovery that “Strike-Anywhere Matches” could even be lit against a pair of Converse All-Stars.

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