19-Year-Old Makes Splendid Miniature Crafts Using Matches

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Creativity has no limits. And Puri-based miniature artist Saswat Ranjan Sahoo has proven it. Saswat is quite famous for creating breathtaking crafts from matches. As an artist, he continues to explore the possibilities of miniature.

Undoubtedly, everyone is drawn to works of art, but a few are drawn to the challenges and limitations of a process that requires extreme concentration, creativity, and patience. Swasat has literally proven the same with its extraordinary works of art made from ordinary items.

Take for example the beautiful artwork created by Saswat with just matches, which includes a replica of the ICC T20 World Cup trophy, the Junior Hockey World Cup trophy, Ayodhya Ram Mandir, three miniature models of tanks of Lord Balabhadra, Lord Subhadra and Lord Jagannath, Panasonic Radio and Indian Army T 90 Bhishma tank model.

When asked when he first started doing such crafts, the teenager said: ‘I literally got bored during lockdown and took up art to keep myself busy. So, I started making miniature crafts to make the best use of my time. We saw sculptures made of plastic, fabric and several other objects. But few people tried to do anything using matches. I spent my quarantine time becoming an artist and started creating unique sculptures with matches.

“One day, during a power outage, the idea of ​​doing crafts with matches came to me. I lit a lamp with a match and started arranging the rest into a pattern. It made me think of creating something out of the matches,” said Saswat, who is a second-year Plus 3 student of Bhakta Manein Smruti Degree Mahavidyalaya.

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However, Saswat was even mocked by people initially for his efforts. “Most of the traders laughed at me and asked me why I needed so many matchboxes at the same time. I never took them seriously. As a self-taught artist, I did a lot of experimentation before coming up with brilliant creations. To my surprise, my artifacts became popular among art lovers and I got noticed.

On his very first profession which made him popular, Saswat said, “During the lockdown, devotees were banned from visiting the temple. The devotees of Jagannath, in particular, were very unhappy about this. So, I thought of making the idol of Lord Jagannath out of matches. I made Lord Jagannath’s idol using 7,881 matches. It measured 15 inches in width and 17 inches in length. It took 21 days to create the idol of Lord Jagannath.

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He had created Lord Balabhadra’s chariot ‘Taladwaja’ using 10,220 matches in just 11 days. Besides, his other designs include the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the Army Tank, the Shiva Linga, the Nagarjuna Besha of Lord Jagannath, the 1870 model of a penny-farthing bicycle, the Olympic logo, and the Rakhi.

Swasat presented his tank to Vice General of the Army Chandiprasad Mohanty during the latter’s visit to Jagannath temple and Nagarjuna Besha of Lord Jagannath to Governor of Odisha Ganeshi Lal.

He scrupulously uses hundreds and thousands of matches to create stunning pieces that are sure to impress lovers of art and design.

Saswat had created three miniature floats of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra out of matches. These tanks were made with 4,830 matches and it took 18 days to complete.

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About his other designs, Saswat said, “I had prepared an Olympic logo using 930 matchsticks, which took me a day to prepare for this craft. I had done it before the start of the Olympics. By the way, I had created a Rakhi using matches on the occasion of Rakhi Purnima last year. It took me 10 hours to make it and 1550 matches were used for it and Lord Balabhadra’s face was used in the middle of the Rakhi.

On World Bicycle Day, Swasat had also come up with a penny bicycle using 3,653 matches. Swasat took seven days to prepare this craft which is 50 inches long and 25 inches wide.

“The penny farthing bicycle was widely used between 1870 and 1880. Nowadays people have stopped using the bicycle. I had prepared this DIY to raise awareness of the use of bicycles to reduce environmental pollution. I asked everyone to use the bike and stay healthy.

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