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LEGO Mosaic Maddie Howie

January 27th, 2008

This was my first attempt at a large photo realistic LEGO Mosaic. It is of my two older kids, Maddie and Howie. I am pretty happy with how it turned out, especially being my first try at this. I did a lot of tinkering with the design before I started construction, which was time well spent, because once you start attaching bricks changes mean starting construction over again.

LEGO Mosaic Maddie Howie Compare

See if you can guess by the background where it was taken. This will be challenging because in order to get as much detail in the kids faces, I’ve only left a small amount of background visible. The source photograph, below, should help a little. I will post the answer in comments after a few guesses.

LEGO Mosaic Maddie Howie Picture

I will post a technical article soon about photo realistic mosaics including details on how I designed and constructed this and similar mosaics. For today, I will share a few other pictures of the completed mosaic and some other general information.

This mosaic is 45 inches tall and 60 inches wide, which is 3 by 4 Extra Large Gray Baseplates. It took me about 3 hours to design, and 50 hours to construct. I estimate it contains about $500 of LEGO bricks.  The cost was kept relatively low by only using the cheapest colored LEGO Bricks: red, blue, yellow, white and black.

The mosaic is held together only by brick power, with no glue or non-LEGO parts. I built each base plate separately and attached them together on the wall working from the top down. Here is a picture of the completed mosaic on the floor prior to hanging.

LEGO Mosaic Maddie Howie Floor

The mosaic is positioned in our home in such a way that it can be seen from the street through a large window in our living room. From the road it looks like a large photo on the wall. Here is one additional picture taken from the steps looking up at it.

LEGO Mosaic Maddie Howie Diagonal

As mentioned above, look for an article soon with technical details, until then how about a few guesses on the picture location.

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4 Responses

  1. Carolyn Says:

    I love your mosaic photos! Did you ever publish the articles explaining how you did it?

    Thanks!

  2. Sherry Caywood Says:

    The background looks like it could be the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland.

  3. Chuck Says:

    awsome you,ve inspired me

  4. vonholdt Says:

    I’d love to see the how-to for your photo mosaics! i’m playing around with color palettes in the Gimp, but would like to hear how others are doing it.

 

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