The Great Wave of Kanagawa storms its way to 10,000 Supporters

2nd July 2022

LEGO Ideas The Great Wave of Kanagawa

Yet another project has garnered 10,000 supporters on LEGO Ideas, and now has a chance of being turned into an official set. The Great Wave of Kanagawa depicts the famous artwork of the same name by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. The painting was created using a woodblock print that shows a large wave about to crash over three boats of fishermen, with the iconic Mount Fuji in the background. It’s one of the best-known pieces of Asian art and is widely recognised around the world.

The Wave was designed by the prolific LEGOverwatch who has several other projects at the “gathering support” stage. From a technical perspective this project is very impressive as it’s a real challenge to recreate something as fluid as water in brick form. Some clever building techniques and ingenuity would have been required to achieve the end result. We especially like the use of the white connecting parts to depict the breaking water.

If it comes out on top in the second review round of 2022, it would not be the first art inspired fan-based submission to make it onto LEGO’s shelves. Vincent van Gogh - The Starry Night was the latest release under the Ideas theme, which, like this project, takes a renowned artwork and adds a 3D element to it. Whether this will affect the chances of the Great Wave being approved remains to be seen, but there’s clearly an appetite for LEGO art. After all, they make for some fantastic display pieces and appeal greatly to older LEGO fans especially.

The Great Wave joins 27 other projects that have reached the 10K mark and will be judged together when the current window for submissions closes at the end of September. Results are then expected towards the end of the year, or early 2023. A full list of the other projects is provided below:

Posted by Graham on 2nd July 2022

Graham is a passionate LEGO collector, who has a penchant for the Castle, Pirates, and Western themes. You can usually find him monitoring the latest developments and giving his opinion on what's hot and not in the LEGO world.