Best of the Bay 2011:BEST 'PICKS OF PASSION


It is safe to say that Scott Weaver loves San Francisco. Leaving aside that Weaver's family has called the City by the Bay home for three generations, the man has spent the majority of his life recreating the city's charms with 100,000 toothpicks in an almost masochistically intricate behemoth he's titled "Rolling Through the Bay." The sculpture — which includes two tracks that vault rolling ping pong balls past landmarks like the 1929 Cliff House, Fleischhacker Pool, and Humphrey the whale — had its Exploratorium debut this year, stunning audiences with Weaver's commitment to his craft. His regard for the skinny sticks is for real: the guy even had friends and family chucking 'picks at his wedding. That's love!