Catch Hokusai's "Great Wave” in Lego bricks

Originally published at: Catch Hokusai's "Great Wave” in Lego bricks - Boing Boing


I thought this was going to be Brick Innovations’ mechanical wave:


This is amazing. I’m genuinely curious how this was designed. Was this all designed in a computer simulation first? This isn’t to take away from the skill and artistry of the builder, but it does explain how he’s able to go from the bottom up with minimal backtracking.


Me too, Though I noted how much he seemed to look at the photo…


In watching the video it seemed much more ad hoc than I anticipated.

The use of gray and red bricks for the supporting scaffold made me think he had done some preplanning but then using the painting as a reference and a few teardowns and re-dos made me think he was more “sculpting” than just “assembling”.


I went to the exhibit in Seattle and it was really interesting. One of the things I find very fascinating about this type of art (specifically commenting on woodblock prints such as ukiyo-e) is that it was broadly commercial - it was mass produced and for the middle class, instead of being highly curated one-off pieces for the nobility like in a lot of other forms of art (including other pieces that Hokusai created, to be clear.)

There’s hundreds of years of debate on the presence of art and politics and money, so I don’t think this is any sort of declarative state in any sense, but I still found it to be a really compelling argument for ‘great art cannot only be one of a kind pieces’.

There’s a lot of other great stuff in the exhibit as well, including a little corner dedicated to the Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife (fairly NSFW), which I didn’t realize was a Hokusai piece; the discussion was reasonably tasteful and also included other pieces from modern artists interpreting the same concept.


“Great Wave Pool”


That Taraoka tribute (as is all of his work) is terrific!

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BTW for anyone in the PNW: Closing weekend at the exhibit (next weekend) is going to be nuts, so if you have any opportunity to go midweek I’d recommend it. We went at like 11 on a Saturday and it was busy, but by the time we left around 1 there was a line snaking all across the upper floor of the museum and the ticketing line at the bottom floor was absolutely full.

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The Great Starry Wave Of Kanagawa

Despair by Salavat Fidai

Nicholas Beasley
Appropriation: The Great Wave Off Kanagawa

The Great Wave Off Kanagawa Originally by Katsushika Hokusai. This was an appropriation for a drawing assignment in my drawing II class.

This is done in colored pencil with lots of blending. The only other medium used was graphite for the grey in the sky. 18 x 24 sketch paper.

I changed the words and used an online translator so the Japanese grammar might be off. I used Japanese katakana characters to convey “The invitation cat meets the great wave” within the rectangle box, outside the rectangle is my first name.

Peggy Lindt 2010

Waves, by Hokusai

Hokusai did waterfalls, too:


Waterfall Where Yoshitsune Washed his Horse at Yoshino in Yamato Province (From A Tour of Waterfalls in Various Provinces)
Katsushika Hokusai


Also… um, tentacle porn. (I’m not gonna post a link but y’all can Google The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife if you are curious about that side of his work.)

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