Dubai: The world's tallest building — the Burj Khalifa — has been sculpted from a toothpick.

The miniature replica of was created by Steven J. Backman, a San Francisco native who has been designing sculptures from toothpicks since he was a child.

Backman said: "The miniature replica I created of Burj Khalifa took me seven hours to create and a bucket of patience. As far as I know, it is the world's smallest replica of the world's tallest building."

Backman has also replicated New York's Empire State Building and a 13-foot long version of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Backman added: "I wanted to honour the world's tallest building by making the world's smallest toothpick replica of it.

"All of my artwork is one-of-a-kind.  For this reason, I plan to make different sized replicas of the Burj Khalifa. They will be available in the UAE. 

"In relation to the larger sculptures I have created of famous landmarks, the Burj Khalifa was one of the most difficult pieces for me to produce."

Some of Backman's other works — including the Eiffel Tower and the Brooklyn Bridge can be viewed at