25-Year-Old Convinced Lego to Make Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night' | 22 Words

A twenty-five-year-old Ph.D. student managed to convince Lego to mass-produce Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" as an official toy kit and the product is beyond mesmerizing.

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Van Gogh's "Starry Night" is one of the most iconic paintings to have ever graced the planet.

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Released in 1889, Gogh's depiction of the outside world through a single window in his asylum room quickly became one of the world's most notorious prints.

Known for his clever use of brushwork, the dreamy interpretation has become a spectacle for replication.​

From phone cases to tote bags to whole canvas renditions, we've seen the classic being brought to life in ways we didn't even think was possible!

One company even went as far as making an entire jigsaw dedicated to the piece!

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But they decided to crank things up a notch too. Combining two of the most iconic artworks from the 19th century, "Starry Wave" has become the company's latest and most striking release.

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Made up of 1000 sturdy pieces, the puzzle aims to provide hours upon hours of entertainment.

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Van Gogh’s "Starry Night" and "The Great Wave" by Hokusai have been meticulously blended into a single image that emphasizes the individual beauty of each piece yet the powerful nature of both combined.

And also - let's be honest - it looks really freaking cool.

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The puzzle is already gaining a lot of buzz from everyone, and not just because of the puzzle itself (though that is a big reason why), but because it's tonnes of fun!

Did you know one of these pieces was influenced by the other?

According to Martin Bailey, a specialist on Vincent van Gogh, the Dutch artist gained inspiration from "The Great Wave off Kanagawa."

The evidence is all in the brush strokes.

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While both artists were focused on opposite forces of nature, the similarities, when placed side by side, are obvious and it makes for an amazing puzzle, that's for sure.

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Now, others are venturing even further.

A phD student has recently had his dreams come true after Lego confirmed that they will be mass producing his "Starry Night" creation made from the little, colorful bricks.

Truman Cheng submitted the idea to the company and within a few months, it became a reality.

Speaking to Lego Ideas, he said this: "It was a good brain tease to come up with tricks and techniques to capture the look of the original painting," Cheng said. "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."

The toy kit even consists of a mini lego Van Gogh and easel!

It really is the little details that have the biggest effect!

Cheng's creation has now joined a group of elites.

Since Lego Ideas' launch in 2008, only forty-one sets have been selected for production, so it's a pretty big deal!

Congratulations to Truman Cheng, we can't wait to see the toy on shelves soon!