This amazing Lego Ideas kit recreates the brush strokes in Van Gogh’s famous painting of a star filled night sky with bricks.
Truman Cheng is a PhD student and Lego MOC designer – his other submitted Ideas projects include Doggo and Totoro kits. This translation of Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic painting of the night sky caught the eye of other builders and the folks at Lego. Cheng talked about the project on the 10k Club Blog.
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 Starry Night” is one of his most iconic work. I had wanted to make a LEGO creation based on the artwork for a long time but never thought of a good execution-style for it.
One day, I was just playing with LEGO parts, and I realized stacking LEGO plates together in random
intervals, look a lot like van Gogh’s iconic brush strokes! I couldn’t help but wonder what the full painting would look like with this build style. I keep building and modifying, and eventually created the model you see in the project 🙂
Multiple techniques are used in the build. The 3D art piece uses clips and brackets to create the swirling cloud formations, curved pieces to form the cypress tree, and stacked plates to form the hillside. It does a beautiful job at recreating the brushstrokes of the painting.
The design isn’t final, but this is what the prototype includes:
- Vincent van Gogh minifigure
- Paint palette
- “The Starry Night” mini-painting on printed tile
There’s no release date set – Ideas projects can take upwards of a year from approval to make it to shelves. I hope to be able to pick this kit up for myself as soon as it’s out.