Hasn't everyone wanted to see this happen?

It's gotta happen one day – the Leaning Tower of Pisa slowly tipping over before accelerating into a stone-smashing mess as it hits the ground. That probably won't happen for at least 200 years, though, so for now we'll just have to get our kicks destroying models of Italy's famed, flawed belltower.

One of the hardest-working "domino artists" out there, FlippyCat, has built such a self-imploding Pisa using hundreds if not thousands of white and green dominoes. You can see him arrange the plastic pieces in painstaking slo-mo in the video above, then trigger the "tilt" and subsequent collapse with a lever on the floor. All the video needs is little LEGO men running for their lives as the unforgiving hail of game pieces rains down upon them.

This is about the billionth domino-based artwork created by FlippyCat, who guards his anonymity on his Facebook and YouTube accounts. (FlippyCat didn't respond to an e-mail asking where he lives. He just got back to me: It's Winnipeg, Canada.) Will the stigma of being a lowly domino artist ever end?) About that name, a YouTube commenter explains it refers to a dearly departed pet: "Yeah his dead cat, back when his cat was alive, he put it in every video, he showed the cat messing up the collapsed dominoes... :'("

The latest creation of the deceased feline's owner is Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night," executed with more than 7,000 dominoes. The artist had to make it twice, thanks to an accidental drop of a screw that set off mass toppling:

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John Metcalfe
John Metcalfe

John Metcalfe is CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, based in Oakland. His coverage focuses on climate change and the science of cities.

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