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The World Trade Center is getting some love from the careful-handed model-makers of America?first replicated in Lego, and now in matchsticks. It took Iowan matchstick artist (that's a full-time job, not that he's retired from being a career counselor) Patrick Acton 668,000 sticks, 17 gallons of glue, and 2,100 hours to create the 17-foot-tall model of One World Trade Center as well as Nos. 2, 3, and 4, Santiago Calatrava's transit hub, and the memorial reflecting pools. The whole complex is on view indefinitely at?ugh?the Ripley's in Times Square. But in a moment that makes you say "awww!", Acton hopes to see the almost-completed tower in person for the first time during his current visit. [WSJ; photo via Fine Print NYC]

One World Trade Center Freedom Tower

72 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10006

2 World Trade Center

200 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007