LEGO is an art form, and a new set from the toy company perfectly exemplifies this. As Nerdist reports, the product recreates Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night as a blocky, 3D model that amateur LEGO artists can put together at home.
LEGO allows fans to submit ideas for new sets, and this design from Truman Cheng was popular enough online to get the company's attention. It captures every element of van Gogh's most iconic masterpiece, from the swirling night sky to the dark cypress trees in the foreground. But instead of a flat oil painting, the scene has been reimagined as a 1552-piece LEGO sculpture. It even comes with a minifigure of Vincent van Gogh, complete with his own miniature palette, easel, paintbrush, and canvas showing The Starry Night.
Fan designer Truman Cheng is a Ph.D. student from Hong Kong researching medical robotics. He's long admired van Gogh's style, and he was inspired to build a LEGO The Starry Night after seeing that the pattern of different-colored LEGO bricks locked together resembled the artist's distinct brush strokes. Cheng told LEGO Ideas, "van Gogh’s work has always fascinated me. The unique colors and brushwork just capture one’s imagination. His life story and complete dedication to his art are inspiring to many young artists."
The image above shows Cheng's original submission. LEGO may decide to tweak the final product before releasing it to customers, though the first design already looks museum-worthy.