The Great Wave of Kanagawa storms its way to 10,000 Supporters
2nd July 2022
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:
- The Old Train Engine Shed
- The Witch House
- Red London Telephone Box
- Ski Chalet
- Medieval Guarded Inn
- Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk Cal Fire Edition
- Viking Village
- The Krusty Krab – Spongebob Squarepants
- Traditional Japanese Village
- Tuscan Villa
- University of Brickester
- The Art Center
- The World of Civil Engineering: Types of Bridges
- LEGO Mushroom House
- Working Polaroid Sun 600 LMS
- Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Escher Room
- Working Orrery
- Medieval Alchemist
- Lisbon Tram (Elétrico De Lisboa)
- Fishing in the Muddy Waters
- Escape Game: Carter’s Secret
- Auto Repair Garage 1930s
- Motorized Steampunk Ship
- Indiana Jones, Raiders Of The Lost Ark – 40th Anniversary
- Lilo & Stitch: Beach House
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