LEGO Mosaic: "Large Leaping Hare"
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We had planned it for months. Lingering in my mind was that I needed to have everything in place, because a week from the scheduled Grand Reopening of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, my first daughter was to be born. At least, that was the plan.
With my wife's blood pressure spiking, we entered the hospital early, and our baby girl showed up the next day. I was overjoyed as a new dad, but glancing at the calendar on the wall in the hospital room.
And when we were let home a few days later from the hospital with our beautiful new baby, I packed up my Lego parts, kissed my wife and baby on the head and passed out to get some sleep. Two hours later, I was up again to soothe the baby. Two more hours later, I was on the way to the VMFA- still wearing the hospital bracelet, and setting up for what would be 8 hours of directing more than 2,000 people in building this giant Lego mosaic.
The day was chaotic but a lot of fun. Needless to say, I was exhausted. 1,300 of the helpers signed a Lego piece for the border of the Lego portrait, so they could all participate in the art.
The piece itself was a grayscale rabbit, inspired by Barry Flanagan's "Large Leaping Hare" sculpture. We then overlaid transparent yellow LEGO parts to create shades of "gold." A video of some of the group build is below.