IN PICTURES | An enthusiast reproduces the village of Asterix in matches – TVA Nouvelles

A French sixty-year-old has been dedicating himself to a rather ambitious project since 2015: recreating Asterix’s village as faithfully as possible using matches, reports the medium Neo.

Alain Vosgien, 65, who lives in Grimaucourt-en-Woëvre in northeastern France, embarked on this adventure in January 2015.

He had been unable to work since 2011, was bored and didn’t want to sit in front of the TV all day.

Having already made matchstick constructions around thirty years previously, Mr. Vosgien decided to get back into it.

“I always drew Asterix and my grandfather knew I liked it. He bought me books and stuff. I said to myself, “Hey, I’m going to create Asterix’s village,” he says.

The latter began by reproducing the House of Asterix, then the House of Panoramix and Obélix. At that time he convinced himself to redesign the entire Gallic village.

The entire construction is done with matches and glue.


Photo from Facebook / Alain Vosgien

Eight years and 10,400 hours of work later, Alain Vosgien estimates that he still has around two years left until his impressive project is completed.

“The most important thing is patience. There are houses where more than 1,000 pieces have to be made,” says Mr. Vosgien.

His match village covers an area of ​​9 square meters.

He devotes about five hours a day to his project and keeps a logbook in which he records the time it takes him to complete each construction job, the number of matches and tubes of glue he uses, and all his expenses.


Photo from Facebook / Alain Vosgien

“I am a bear. I never go out,” he says.

The Bard Assurancetourix’s treehouse, for example, required around 800 hours of work and exactly 51,025 matches.

Alain Vosgien estimates that he invested between 5,000 and 6,000 euros (between 7,200 and 8,650 Canadian dollars) to create his entire model.


Photo from Facebook / Alain Vosgien

His passion attracted the attention of several French media outlets but also the comments of several Internet users.

While most people continue to respect or even admire his work, others sometimes make fun of him.

“The connection to ‘Supper of the Idiots’, I hear it, not every day, but every time someone sees it: ‘Ah, François Pignon!’ It doesn’t bother me at all,” he says.

Mr. Vosgien dreams of seeing his project exhibited at Parc Astérix, north of Paris. However, the 65-year-old doesn’t seem willing to part with his creation for free because, as he says, everything cost him a lot of money.