LEGO’s ‘The Starry Night’ set pays homage to Van Gogh’s famous painting
In 1889, Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh created a dreamlike rendition of the view from his bedroom at the asylum in Saint-Rémy, France, titled The starry Night. While he considered the work a “failure” during his lifetime, it has since become the Post-Impressionist’s most famous painting, encapsulating Van Gogh’s bold and colorful style. Now art lovers can test their knowledge of the iconic image by building it, piece by piece. On May 25, the LEGO Group launches The starry Night set, a specially designed kit that replicates blue and yellow paint with LEGO bricks.
This new addition is part of the LEGO Ideas series, based on fan creations from around the world. The starry Night was designed by 25-year-old LEGO fan, Truman Cheng. The Hong Kong-based Ph.D. student discovered a way to replicate Van Gogh’s distinct brushstrokes by stacking LEGO bricks intermittently. “It was a good puzzle to find tips and techniques to capture the look of the original painting,” says Cheng. “The brushstroke goes in many directions on the Moon and the swirling cloud, so there was creative use of the support and clip elements involved.”
Cheng’s design received 10,000 votes from the LEGO fan community, which brought it to the attention of the LEGO Group. Shortly after, the project was launched. “Which makes The starry Night The expressive brushstroke and vibrant colors used throughout, which tell the story of mankind’s eternal dream for better things, are so irresistible,” said Federico Begher, Global Marketing Manager. “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.
“We at The LEGO Group want to inspire the world to be creative, so we’re extremely proud to have brought this set to life in partnership with such an iconic institution as MoMA, empowering fans to be artistic with bricks and create and display their own masterpiece.
The starry Night has been a MoMA highlight since 1935, so LEGO worked with the renowned institution to bring the set to life. “At MoMA, we celebrate the opportunity to connect art and audiences, and we’re excited to be part of a new way to experience Van Gogh’s work and inspire creative momentum in people of all ages,” adds Sarah Suzuki, associate director of The Museum of Modern Art.
Additionally, The LEGO Group is holding a contest for fans to create their own version of a night sky, some of which could inspire an installation in the lobby of the MoMA museum in New York. The competition is open to participants aged 18 and over from Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Poland, the United States, Canada and Mexico. Registration closes June 30, 2022.
The starry Night The set is priced at $169.99 and will be available for purchase through the LEGO website and MoMA Store starting May 25, 2022 for LEGO VIPs and MoMA members, and will be available for general release June 1, 2022.
LEGO releases Van Gogh-inspired set The starry Night The painting.
It was designed by a 25-year-old LEGO fan with a PhD. student Truman Cheng, who submitted his idea to the LEGO Ideas platform.
The set was made in collaboration with the MoMA, which houses the real painting of The starry Night.
It will be available for purchase from May 25, 2022 for LEGO VIPs and MoMA members and will be released to the public on June 1, 2022.
He even comes with his very own Van Gogh figurine.
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