My Unconventional Life: This artist is literally building the world, one toothpick at a time

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Stan Munro has 5 million toothpicks, 50 gallons of glue, 400 rolls of masking tape and, as a result, 120 toothpick structures under his belt. As a toothpick engineer, he has dedicated his life to replicating landmark buildings out of the tiny wood pieces, many of which have broken world records.

But how did Munro, who was initially a news reporter in Rochester, get involved in the intricate work that is building with toothpicks? "Gluing toothpicks is pretty much the complete opposite of what I did before," he told AOL Lifestyle. “I don’t want to say it was just one thing that got it started, but in general it was the New York State Fair of 2005."

When his wife Suzi became ill, he "doubled down" on his work -- and now signs everything with "I love Suzi." “Because it’s not about me, it’s about everything she’s allowed me to do,” he explained.

From the Golden Gate bridge to the Colosseum, Munro has done it all. Watch the video above to learn more about his unconventional work! 

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Nearly 2,000 people float in a line setting a new Guinness world record for the most people floating while holding hands in Lake Epecuen, a salty lake, near Carhue, Argentina, January 29, 2017 in this handout supplied by Prensa Municipio Adolfo Alsina. Picture taken January 29, 2017. Prensa Municipio Adolfo Alsina/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People dressed as Albert Einstein gather to establish a Guinness world record for the largest Einstein gathering, to raise money for School on Wheels and homeless children's education, in Los Angeles, California, United States, June 27, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
A group of 1000 customers receive a facial massage at a sports centre in Jinan, Shandong province, China, May 4, 2015. A group 1000 women were given a 30 minutes facial beauty treatment together on Monday that achieved a Guinness record for the largest group of people having beauty treatment in the same location, according to local media. REUTERS/Stringer CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA
Women in wedding dresses hold balloons at a wedding dress market during an event attempting to break the Guinness world record for a gathering with the most people dressed as brides, in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, October 7, 2016. Picture taken October 7, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS 
Pregnant women practice yoga at Hefei Olympic Sports Center on June 5, 2016 in Hefei, China. 913 pregnant women undertook a yoga class to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest prenatal yoga class. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

214 people fit inside a bubble in Prague on March 1, 2014. 

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117 women formed the largest squential free fall by women in October 2014 nabbing the world record title. 

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300 individuals jumped in unison to set the world record for the most people skipping the same rope in Bangkok, Thailand on January 11, 2016. 

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6,000 individuals in the Philippines set the world record for the largest human image of an anchor  on January 19th 2016.

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439 people in England broke the world record for largest group of people dressed as dogs on April 20, 2016 in efforts to raise money for service dogs. 

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