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May 13, 2016

Made from millions of matchsticks

Made from millions of matchsticks

For the last 40 years, Janusz Urbanski, a former Polish miner and ironworker, has harbored a passion to build replicas of objects, buildings and famous sites with just matchsticks and glue.

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A replica of Holy Spirit Church in Ruda Slaska made from matchsticks by Janusz Urbanski is pictured in Ruda Slaska, Poland May 4, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A replica of Golden Gate Bridge made from matchsticks by Janusz Urbanski is pictured at his flat in Ruda Slaska, Poland May 4, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A guitar made from matchsticks by Janusz Urbanski is pictured at his flat in Ruda Slaska, Poland May 4, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Janusz Urbanski holds a matchstick replica of mine shaft in Ruda Slaska, Poland May 4, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A chessboard made from matchsticks by Janusz Urbanski is pictured at his flat in Ruda Slaska, Poland May 4, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A replica of Gornik Zabrze stadium made from matchsticks by Janusz Urbanski is pictured in his flat in Ruda Slaska, Poland May 4, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A replica of the truck made from matchsticks by Janusz Urbanski is pictured at his flat in Ruda Slaska, Poland May 4, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows Holy Spirit Church in Ruda Slaska and its replica made by Janusz Urbanski from matchsticks in Ruda Slaska, Poland May 4, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A replica of mine shaft made from matchsticks by Janusz Urbanski is pictured at his flat in Ruda Slaska, Poland May 4, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Janusz Urbanski holds empty matchstick boxes used to make sculptures at his flat in Ruda Slaska, Poland May 4, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Sculptures made from matchsticks by Janusz Urbanski are pictured at his flat in Ruda Slaska, Poland May 4, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Janusz Urbansk looks on as he sits among his matchstick sculptures in his flat in Ruda Slaska, Poland May 4, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Janusz Urbanski holds matchsticks as he makes a new sculpture in his flat in Ruda Slaska, Poland May 4, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Janusz Urbansk glues matchsticks to make a new sculpture in his flat in Ruda Slaska, Poland May 4, 2016. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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