The LEGO Ideas platform has once again arrived with the goods. This time, the product which has just been approved for company review – read: that much closer to becoming a purchasable reality – is the 1,552-piece LEGO Vincent van Gogh Starry Night building set, conceptualised by PhD candidate Truman Cheng.
As written by the man himself:
This set is a tribute to the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. As a LEGO fan and an admirer of the painter, I wish to recreate one of his most celebrated artwork in Lego form and share this with all Lego fans and art lovers.
The design is based on the painting “The Starry Night” by van Gogh, painted in 1889.
The set re-imagines the original painting in a 3D scene, with a strong emphasis on the artist’s iconic brush strokes and colour choice.
Various techniques are used to reproduce van Gogh’s beautiful brushwork.
Clips and brackets form the swirling cloud; plates stack to form the hillsides and bushes; curve parts build up to become the cypress tree. My favourite part is the inclined plate stack on the right, capturing the angled brushstrokes within the moon-lit cloud.
The proposed LEGO Vincent van Gogh Starry Night building set would also come with a miniature figurine of van Gogh himself – “in honour of the artist” – as well as the following items in similar (shrunken) dimensions:
- 1 x paintbrush
- 1 x painting palette
- 1 x easel
- 1 x “Starry Night” painted on printed tile
The idea gained 10,000 votes in relatively no time. So what happens now?
A “LEGO Review Board” composed of designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the idea. We’ll build concept models and determine if the concept meets our high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product. This includes factors such as playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand. Every potential LEGO product goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards.
Find out more and track the LEGO Vincent van Gogh Starry Night project’s status below.