The French sixty-year-old has been devoting himself to a very ambitious project since 2015: reproducing the village of Asterix as faithfully as possible using matches, Media Neo reports.
Alain Vosgin, 65, who lives in Grimaucourt-en-Vovre in northeastern France, embarked on the adventure in January 2015.
On disability since 2011, he was bored and didn’t want to be glued to the TV all day.
Mr. who had already made matchsticks about thirty years ago. Vosgin decided to get back into it.
“I always drew Asterix and my grandfather knew I liked it. He bought me books and things. I said to myself: “Hey, I’m going to make an Asterix village,” he said.
The latter began by reproducing the house of Asterix, then the house of Panoramicus and Obelix. That’s when Gallic agreed to remake the entire village.
Its entire construction is done using matches and glue.
After 8 years and 10,400 hours of work, Alain Vosgin estimates that he still has two years left to complete his ambitious project.
“The main thing is patience. There are houses with more than 1000 parts to make,” said Mr Vosgin.
His Aggipulla village covers an area of 9 square meters.
He spends about 5 hours a day on his project and keeps a logbook in which he records each construction time, the number of matches and tubes used and all his expenses.
“I am a bear. I never go out,” he said.
For example, Bard Assuranceturix’s tree house required about 800 hours of work and exactly 51,025 matches.
Alain Vosgin estimates he invested between 5,000 and 6,000 euros (between 7,200 and 8,650 Canadian dollars) to build his entire model.
His passion attracted the attention of many French media, but also the comments of many Internet users.
While many people respect and admire his work, others sometimes make fun of him.
A connection to the “Dinner of Idiots”, I hear not every day, but every time someone sees: “Ah, François Pignon!” It doesn’t bother me at all,” he said.
Mr. Vosgin dreamed of exhibiting his project in Parc Asterix, north of Paris. However, the 65-year-old man is not ready to part with his creation for free, as he says that everything costs him a lot of money.