Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, two Lego builders called Eugene Tan and Xylvie Wong got together to make something really, really awesome at the VivoCity atrium.
The result: Singapore’s largest Lego mural, based on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie poster. 370 sq m in size, it took the duo (and many helpers, including Tan’s kids) some 180 man-hours to complete the mural many “achy shoulders and fingers” to complete it, says Wong.
According to Tan, the biggest challenge was “making sure we had enough parts”. He says: “We ordered the plates (tiny individual parts of various sizes) from all over the world, but we were not confident they would arrive in time, as we were only given a month to do it.”
Wong adds: “When you do the conversion (form the movie poster image), it gets pixelated, so a lot of details are lost. A lot of fine tuning is needed in order to decide what to put in and leave out.”
So how does it feel to have finally completed the mural? “We can rest now!” says Wong.
And here’s the result – truly a thing of beauty to behold.
The mural was launched last night (Dec 1) at the VivoCity atrium, where there’s lots of other cool stuff on display, as well as Star Wars collectibles for sale.
For example, the Ultimate Millennium Falcon, consisting of 25,000 bricks and weighing 20kg. Built by six people from Titans Creations, it took them three months to complete it.
And of course, no Star Wars event is complete without an appearance from the 501st Singapore Garrison – complete with a slave Leia. They made an awesome complement to the Stormtrooper statues already on display there.
The Star Wars Lego mural is on display at the VivoCity atrium from now till Dec 20. Go check it out before you watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
This article was corrected on Dec 5, 2015. The Lego mural built by Eugene Tan and Xylvie Wong is the largest in Singapore, not the world.