After several sets based on old-school movies and real-life objects, Lego decided to focus its attention on artwork. There’s a new set coming out soon – it’s a 3D copy of Van Gogh’s iconic Starry Night!
Lego’s New Fantastic Set
There’s something else adults enjoy as much as movies, and that’s art. Lego was quick to figure it out. Now, Van Gogh’s Starry Night will be available in 3D for Lego fans! Back in 1889, Vincent van Gogh created this masterpiece. It was a view he saw from his asylum room in Saint-Rémy, France. He added the village to the scene. Surprisingly enough, that painting was dubbed as an impressive failure of the artist at the time! In the 21st century, it's one of the best-known paintings across the globe. Filled with colors and shapes, Starry Night impresses more and more people every year. Of course, the Lego version is not the exact copy of the outstanding painting – it’s less than half the size.
Created in collaboration with New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the puzzle is also five inches deep. That said, hills, the lines of stars, trees, as well as the imaginative village are jumping out of the canvas. Van Gogh himself is in the box of Lego, too. He's made in the same style as his paintings and has a tiny version of Starry Night on hand. These details can be attached to the original Lego puzzle in the front. In addition to MoMA, the Hong Kong-based Ph.D. student Truman Cheng helped with the piece. He was the one to replicate the masterpiece first.
Recreate Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”
25-year-old Cheng is a huge Lego fan, so he enjoyed experimenting with colorful pieces. “It was a good brain tease to come up with tricks and techniques to capture the look of the original painting,” he said. “The brushwork goes into many directions in the Moon and the swirling cloud, so there was some creative use of bracket and clip elements involved.” After Cheng’s idea garnered 10,000 votes from other Lego fans, the official LEGO Group turned its attention to the piece. “What makes the Starry Night so irresistible is the expressive brushwork and vibrant colors used throughout, which tell the story of humanity’s everlasting dream for better things,” explained Federico Begher, head of global marketing.
“Truman’s design was a masterpiece in itself – showing how many different LEGO elements and techniques could be used to replicate Van Gogh’s iconic painting.” Begher continued, “At the LEGO Group, we want to inspire the world to get creative, so we’re incredibly proud to have brought this set to life in partnership with such an iconic institution as MoMA, allowing fans to be artistic with bricks, and to create and display their own masterpiece.” The set contains 2,316 pieces and has been in the works for over a year now. It's one of the countless fan submissions converted to real sets. Another example is the Home Alone-based house with the original movie characters.
You can catch the Starry Night product on sale in June for $170 on the official website.