LEGO’s newest 3D set is based on Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night painting.
Van Gogh’s The Starry Night LEGO Set
Unveiled on Tuesday, the LEGO Ideas Starry Night Set is a three-dimensional set that reimagines van Gogh’s titular 1889 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 recognizable masterpieces.
A visitor favorite at MoMa since its 1935 arrival at the museum, The Starry Night is one of the world’s most well-known post-impressionist works. The painting was inspired by the view from van Gogh’s window at the Monastery of Saint-Paul de Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy, France, where he 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.
Van Gogh’s The Starry Night LEGO Set was designed by Truman Cheng, a 25-year-old Hong Kong-based LEGO fan, through a submission on the LEGO Ideas platform. When developing the original concept, Cheng was just playing with LEGO bricks when he realized that stacking them 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.”
For MoMA’s part, its associate director Sarah Suzuki said: “At MoMA, we celebrate the opportunity to connect art and audiences, and are thrilled to be part of a new way to experience van Gogh’s work, and to inspire the creative impulse in people of all ages.”
Van Gogh’s The Starry Night LEGO Set release date
Priced at $169.99, the set will go on sale on May 25th exclusively for LEGO VIP’s and MoMA members and will then be available globally starting June 1st in LEGO stores, in MoMA Design Store, and online at LEGO.com and store.moma.org.
LEGO The Starry Night competition
To celebrate the launch of LEGO Ideas Starry Night Set and to further inspire creativity, LEGO has also launched a competition encouraging fans to submit their own mini LEGO builds inspired by the night’s sky. Winning designs will form part of an installation displayed in the lobby at the MoMa this summer. Participants in Spain, UK, Germany, France, Canada, Mexico, and Poland can enter by simply visiting www.LEGO.com/Starry-Night and select LEGO stores.