Striking Gorilla

Artist David Mach has used tens of thousands of matchsticks to create this intricate gorilla sculpture.

He used 30,000 matches to complete the 15-inch high gorilla head.

Mach has created more than 350 sculptures since 1982.

They are crafted by firstly making a clay mould of the head and creating a fibreglass or plastic version from it.

The matchsticks are then stuck on using wood glue.

Each work sells for between 20,000 pounds and 35,000 pounds.

Daily Telegraph 20/02/2009