Introducing LEGO® Ideas 21333 The Starry Night set; a mesmerising LEGO set that celebrates Vincent van Gogh's famous painting and captures its beautiful brush strokes masterfully in LEGO bricks. Created by 26-year-old Truman Cheng, our first fan designer from Hong Kong, it was submitted to LEGO Ideas in mid-2020 and immediately captured fans' attention.
You can learn more about Truman and his incredible creation and love for the brick in his 10K Club Interview.
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.”
Talking of the decision to turn the design into a real set, Federico Begher, Head of Global Marketing, said, “What makes The Starry Night so irresistible is the expressive brush work and vibrant colours used throughout, which tell the story of humanity’s everlasting dream for better things. Truman’s design was a masterpiece in itself – showing how many different LEGO elements and techniques could be used to replicate van Gogh’s iconic painting.
“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 LEGO Ideas 21333 The Starry Night set, consisting of 2316 elements, is available to purchase from the 25th May, 2022 for LEGO VIP's and MoMA members. It will be available globally from the 1st June 2022 via LEGO Stores and www.LEGO.com/starry-night, at the recommended retail price of US $169.99 – CA $219.99 – DE €169.99 – UK £149.99 – FR €169.99 – DK 1299DKK (*EURO pricing varies by country. For regional prices please visit shop.LEGO.com).
Truman's The Starry Night set was turned into an official LEGO Ideas set by LEGO Model Designer Søren Dyrhøj, as well as Graphic Designer Niken Hartomo.
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