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 Steven J. Backman  (20/21st century)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: toothpick sculptures

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Steven Backman creates sculptures out of toothpicks. His works include a 13 foot Golden Gate Bridge made from 30,000 toothpicks, a San Francisco cable car made of 4,000 toothpicks and a yacht made from 10,000 toothpicks.

Backman's favorite visual artist in LeRoy Neiman. Neiman even signed a toothpick sculpture that Backman had made of the artist.

In 1987 San Francisco Mayor Diane Feinstein requested his Golden Gate Bridge sculpture be displayed at the St Francis Yacht Club press conference to highlight the 50th anniversary celebration of the bridge. Both Mayors Feinstein in 1987 and Brown in 1997 proclaimed Backman a genius.  In 2005 Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaimed January 11 "Steven J Backman Day."

Backman also creates bronzes of his toothpick sculptures.

Source: Art & Antiques, Summer 2005

2007  De Young Museum, San Francisco, California (Artist Demonstration)
2006  Empire State Building, New York, New York (solo)
2004  Legion of Honor, San Francisco (Artist Demonstration)
2003  Marin County Fair, San Rafael, California
1999-2000  San Francisco City Hall (group show)
1992-present Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, Hollywood, California
1991  Moscone Center, San Francisco
1989-1992  Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, St. Augustine, Florida
1987  San Francisco City Hall
1985  Cable Car Museum, San Francisco

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