The LEGO Starry Night is now available for the general public.
After becoming exclusively available for LEGO VIPs and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) members last May 25th, the $169.99 LEGO set can now be purchased by anyone in LEGO stores across the globe, in MoMA Design Store, and online at LEGO.com and store.moma.org.
What is LEGO Starry Night?
First unveiled on May 17th, the LEGO Starry Night is a three-dimensional building set that reimagines Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 The Starry Night painting in LEGO form, with a strong emphasis on the artist’s signature brush strokes and color choice.
Created in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the 2316-piece buildable artwork allows art lovers to swap paint palettes for LEGO bricks and recreate one of the world’s most well-known post-impressionist works.
A visitor favorite at MoMa since it arrived at the museum in 1935, The Starry Night was inspired by the view from van Gogh’s window at the Monastery of Saint-Paul de Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy, France, where the artist spent 12 months.
In honor of van Gogh, the LEGO set comes with a minifigure of the artist, complete with a paintbrush, palette, easel, and mini painting on a printed tile, which can be attached to the main 3D brick-form artwork. Once completely built, the intricate set can be displayed standing or on the wall, thanks to its hanging feature.
Who designed LEGO Starry Night?
The LEGO Starry Night was designed by Truman Cheng, a 25-year-old Hong Kong-based LEGO fan who submitted his work on the LEGO Ideas platform. Cheng conceived the idea by chance when he realized that stacking LEGO bricks together in random intervals looked like van Gogh’s iconic brush strokes.
“It was a good brain tease to come up with tricks and techniques to capture the look of the original painting,” Cheng said in a statement, talking about his design. “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.”
What is LEGO Ideas?
Started in 2008 as an offshoot of the Japanese company Cuusoo, LEGO Ideas is a website run that allows users to submit ideas for LEGO products to be turned into potential sets available commercially, with the original designer receiving 1% of the royalties. The website is co-run by LEGO and community software maker Chaordix.