This LEGO mosaic is a parody on one of the most famous paintings by the Antwerp artist Peter Paul Rubens: The Adoration of the Magi. It’s 4,62 m high and 3,47m wide, which makes it slightly lager than the original (and that is because it had to fit om 12 x9 standard 48x48 nop LEGO base plates).
It was built by LEGO Certified Professional Dirk Denoyelle and his team – not by coincidence in Hoboken near Antwerp (Flanders, Belgium). It took them, design time included, almost 500 hours and about 200.000 LEGO plates. It is one of the largest LEGO mosaics ever made by a private team. The heads of the original characters have been replcaed by the heads of more recent “wise people” (ad “Magi” in Dutch is translated by the same word as “wise persons”: “Wijzen”) It’s up to the viewer to discover them all. But yes, that is Albert Einstein there ☺
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Until 26/10/2010 at LEGO World in Zwolle, The Netherlands. After that on tour in various cities in Europe.
About this creation
Thisis what the original painting looks like
Almost halfway, back in our backyard
As the deadline came closer, I needed not only to ask my own daughters to help out, but also their friends...
Still a little scared of hights ... (Beware: don't try to imitate this - it's not safe; this picture is added here for fun !)
*jaw clatters to floor* WHAT!? The sheer size...the accuracy...the impossibility and daring of such a feat...*faints* Truly awe inspiring! Having just done my first mosaic, my appreciation for builders like yourself has sky rocketed even further than before.
Quoting alex loiseau
I saw it in brickjournal and was amazed by it. Have you made anything better than that picture?
Don't know if "better" would be the correct description. As far as mosaics are concerned, this is the "best" so far, I guess. But it's a matter of taste. Many people like the heads better. I quite like the towers of Ghent as well...
Well, It would have been eassier on the floor; but it was a matter of timing: the wooden background was put there for me by the people from LEGO Holland. I did not want to bother them twice: once for actually building the wooden thing, and then having to tilt it up as well (it is darn heavy with all the LEGO on it...)
just to know you better, as an artist, i would have built it all for you! but, i m curious, why building on vertical, when it would have been so much easier to do it flat on the floor? i m sure you had good reasons, it s just that it does nt occur to me now, it looks classic! like a real painting! great work!
Amazing! I was just watching a show about St. Peter's in Rome, and what I thought were paintings on the walls are actually mosaics. I like the parody aspect. Who else is on there besides Einstein? Is that Copernicus? Darwin for sure. MLK?
The scale of the project is staggering, and it's beautifully done! Glad to know you survived the lift. (I'm assuming, of course, that you didn't fall off!) But wait...if you had fallen off, and we'd lost you in the tragic accident...would that have increased the value of the work? ;-)