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Iraqi Artists transforms matches into architectural art

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Creative artist Adham Abdul-Hameed, a graduate of University of Baghdad, Science Faculty, Genetic Engineering, took up sculpture as a hobby. Gradually, things developed and he has now built many architectural sculptures particularly of Baghdad, his home city. His medium? Matchsticks.

His sculptures are a mixture of traditional buildings considered part of the city’s heritage, special modern landmarks and cultural buildings in Baghdad. It is incredibly time-consuming work and each sculpture can take up to two months to complete.

Some of the architectural sculptures by the Iraqi artist, Adham Abdul-Hameed:

“Liberation Monument”

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The Baghdad Liberation Monument architectural sculpture made of matches. The piece is six centimeters high, 17 centimeters long, and one centimeter thick. A total 445 matches were used in building the piece and it took 13 days. It is among Adham’s most loved work because the liberation monument represents part of the Iraqi identity.

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“Qishla Clock”

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The sculpture is 43 centimeters high and it took 60 days to build. This is one of the tallest and most important buildings on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad.

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“Baghdad University Entrance”

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The sculpture is 17 centimetres high and it took 16 days to build. The special characteristic of the entrance is the arrow shape, which represents the idea that the horizons of science are open to everyone.

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“Baghdad Tower”

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The sculpture is 50 centimeters high and it took 70 days tom complete. It represents the communication tower near Eagle Square.

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“Baghdad clock”

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 This sculpture is 18 centimeters high and 1,730 matches were used to build it over the course of 40 days.

“Armenian Church”

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The sculpture is made of 3,945 matches and it took 53 days to complete. The Armenian Church is near al-Tayaran square in Baghdad.

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“Al-Sarafiya Bridge Baghdad”

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This sculpture is just five centimeters high but it took 50 days to complete the geometrical shape representing a vital part of the Baghdad cityscape.

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