Wednesday, October 12, 2005

‘Cardstacker’ Makes Giant Structures Out Of Playing Cards

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Playing cards are supposed to be used for poker, but don’t tell that to one New York resident who uses them to construct buildings.

Bryan Berg makes giant structures – sometimes 26-feet tall – out of playing cards, without using any glue or tape or even bending, folding or cutting the cards.

His past projects have included the Taj Mahal, the New York City skyline and a 14-foot high replica of Cinderella’s castle at Disneyland, which took him 3,000 decks of playing cards to make.

Berg, who began “cardstacking” when he was eight, says his average project is usually not to that scale. A typical card structure takes him four to five days and around 700 decks of cards to make.

All of his structures have to eventually come down – usually via leafblower. It can be “a little rough,” Berg admits, considering all the time and patience it takes for each project, but he says he enjoys it in a way.

As he puts it, “I learn more about how well I stabilized the structure from tearing it down than from building it.”

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