Richard Plaud’s impressive Eiffel Tower sculpture, built over several years using more than 700,000 matchsticks, was initially rejected by the Guinness Book of World Records. However, after re-evaluating their decision, Guinness reversed their ruling and awarded Plaud the title of building the tallest matchstick sculpture.
Plaud spent over eight years and more than 4,000 hours to create the structure, using 23 kilos of glue to stick the matches together. The previous record for the tallest matchstick sculpture was set in 2009 with a height of 21.4 feet. With his nearly 24-foot Eiffel Tower model, Plaud surpassed this record and earned a rightful place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Earlier in the week, Plaud’s submission was rejected by Guinness because the matchsticks he used were not “commercially available.” However, after admitting their mistake, Guinness reversed their initial decision and acknowledged Plaud’s incredible achievement.