Monday, May 10, 2010


Ever wonder what to do with extra time on your hands and 100,000 staples?

Enter Peter Root. Mr Root spent about 40 hours constructing the metropolis he calls Ephemicropolis by breaking up stacks of staples into varying heights from almost 5 inches all the way down to single staples. (Personally, I doubt I could even sit on the floor and/or kneel for 40 hours, let alone have this kind of vision.)

I find the name Ephemicropolis an interesting choice.  The word ephemeral means lasting only one day.  Micro obviously means very small and polis is a city. How clever. The whole project is just so fragile... a mistaken step or strong wind could be catastrophic.   

Root has used staples to create works of art in the past but says, "I wanted to create a more refined piece using a single type of unit"  He noted that his work is inspired by architecture, maps, computer games and toys he played with as a kid, among other things.

The making of Ephemicropolis from Peter Root on Vimeo.


  1. My teenager watched this with me and said, "He needs a girlfriend!" lol! Total dedication!
    Thanks for stopping by our Table today!

  2. Whoa - that is a whole lot of patience! Pretty cool though.

  3. Oh my gosh, how BIZARRE! I'm always amazed at what some people are inspired to do!

  4. This really does look like a city! (stopping by from SITS)

  5. Holly cow! That must've took so much time and hands+eyes coordination. Impressive!

    Happy SITS Tuesday :)

  6. OHHHH WOW this is amazing....I wish I had the time and creativity...I love this...true inspiration....amazing :)

    Laura x

  7. These photos and what he does is amazing. Now that's a hobby.
    Thanks for the grin.

  8. wow, the things that people come up with!

    From one mama to lots of boys to another, I have to follow your blog.

    Thank you for dropping by my SITS day yesterday!

  9. Wow! I would NOT have the patience for that! But it's amazingly beautiful... thanks for sharing!

  10. That's crazy and genius all at the same time. So cool. Now I know what to do with all those staples I have hanging around!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner?

  11. i just love it. thinking of moving there any day now.

  12. WOW! That's pretty awesome! It looks like something my boyfriend might do, lol.


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