LEGO Ideas – you never fail to deliver! I guess by nature of the Ideas process, almost every set is going to be hit out of the park. Notwithstanding, I’m happy to declare my undying love for this theme. The Starry Night is another cracker set being released on the 1st June 2022 (or 25th of May for LEGO VIP’s).
Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting and re-imagined by fan designer Truman Cheng with support from The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the set takes previous art to another level. The painting is immediately recognisable and the layered textures and bevelled frame really make it pop.
In addition, like every great LEGO set, there’s at least one Minifig included! A micro version of the painting with the man, the myth, the legend himself – Vincent Van Gogh included. I presume with both ears attached.
We can’t wait for this set to arrive to adorn the living room wall. What do you think? Will this join your collection?
Straight from LEGO HQ
17th May, 2022: In tribute to Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting, the LEGO Group has revealed the LEGO® Ideas The Starry Night set. This beautiful set was designed by Truman Cheng, a 25-year old Hong Kong based LEGO fan, through a submission on the LEGO Ideas platform, and has been created in conjunction with The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The three-dimensional set reimagines Vincent van Gogh’s renowned 1889 painting in LEGO form, with strong emphasis on the artist’s striking brush strokes and colour choice. Inspired by the view from his window at the Monastery of Saint-Paul de Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy, France, where the artist spent twelve months, The Starry Night is one of the world’s most well-known post-impressionist works and has been a visitor favourite at MoMA since it first arrived in 1935.
Art lovers can swap paint palettes for LEGO bricks and re-create one of the world’s most recognisable masterpieces. From the twinkling stars and mesmerising moon to the sleeping Provence village below, van Gogh’s image has been brought spectacularly to life in brick, capturing the artist’s swirling brushstrokes.
Honouring the celebrated artist, the set also includes a van Gogh minifigure, complete with a paint brush, palette, easel and mini painting on a printed tile, which can even be attached via an arm to show him painting the scene. The intricate set can be displayed standing or on the wall, thanks to the hanging feature.
When developing the original concept, Truman Cheng, a PhD student and LEGO fan, was just playing with LEGO bricks when he realised that stacking them together in random intervals looked a like van Gogh’s iconic brush strokes. “It was a was a good brain tease to come up with tricks and techniques to capture the look of the original painting,” Cheng said, 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.”
At the LEGO Group, we want to inspire the world to get creative, so we’re incredibly proud to have brought this set to life in partnership with such an iconic institution as MoMA, allowing fans to be artistic with bricks, and to create and display their own masterpiece.”
“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,” said Sarah Suzuki, Associate Director, The Museum of Modern Art.
The set will go on sale on 25th May exclusively for LEGO VIP’s (www.lego.com.au/VIP) and MoMA members (https://membership.moma.org/) and then will be available globally from 01st June for AUD$259.9 on www.Lego.com/starry-night, in LEGO stores and with MoMA Design Store in New York City and online at store.moma.org.