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A wavy sculpture recreates Hokusai’s “Great Wave” in 50,000 LEGO pieces

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#Art history
#Lego
#Sculpture
#Water
#Waves

December 14, 2020

Grace Ebert

All images © Jumpei Mitsui, shared with permission

Artist from Japan Jumpei Mitsui is one of only 21 LEGO certified professionals in the world – that is, his full-time job is to create works of art with the plastic building blocks – and is the youngest of the renowned group. He last won this title with a sculptural replica of Katsushika Hokusai’s “The great wave off Kanagawa. “Within 400 hours, Mitsui snapped 50,000 cobalt and white LEGO together into a wave-like wave that mimics the original woodcut.

To recreate this iconic work in three dimensions, Mitsui studied videos of waves crashing and scanned scientific papers on the subject. He then sketched a detailed model three boats and the Fuji spanning more than five feet before assembling the structured water.

When you are in Osaka, Mitsui’s wave is always in Hankyu Brick Museum. Otherwise, you’ll find the artist’s LEGO tutorials worth a decade on Youtubeand follow his work Twitter and Instagram. (about Spoon & Tamago)

#Art history
#Lego
#Sculpture
#Water
#Waves

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