Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa woodblock print splashes into Lego art in early 2023

It will be nothing but smooth sailing when assembling your very own 3-D version of the world’s most recognizable wave.

Edo period artist Katsushika Hokusai’s most famous individual woodblock print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa has been reproduced in many forms of media, including functional ones for everyday life, since it was introduced to the world in 1831. Lego Japan will soon claim fame to the newest version when it releases a Lego version of the iconic image from Hokusai’s Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji.

▼ “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” in Lego form

The artistic piece was partly inspired by Lego’s Play Well 2022 Report, in which 93 percent of surveyed adults responded that they experience regular stress and 80 percent are looking for new ways to relax. Taking that to heart, designers created the work using 1,810 blockspromising Lego artists at least a few hours of good time to unwind while creating the image.

▼ With dimensions of 52.7 x 39.9 x 2.6 centimeters (20.7 x 15.7 x 1 inches), you can proudly display your finished product on the wall as a piece of fine art.

Uniquely, the design utilizes layers of blocks that quite literally splash out of the frame to recreate the depth of Hokusai’s lines.

▼ Lego art promises a dynamic finished canvas.

The box also comes with a premium booklet introducing Hokusai’s original artwork and all kinds of background information. In addition, Lego even offers a special soundtrack including more historical trivia to listen to while assembling your masterpiece.

▼ Art meets play

The new “Great Wave off Kanagawa” Lego art will go on sale February 1, 2023 for an undetermined price. It’s a fitting time to celebrate the artwork with its glimpse of Mt. Fuji in the background, since 2023 marks the 10-year anniversary of Mt. Fuji becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Perhaps while waiting for its release we’ll kill some time by chilling with another round of our very own artistically inspired 36 Views of the Mount Fuji Bar.

Source, images: PR Times
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