Hokusai's The Great Wave unveiled as buildable LEGO set – Messenger Newspapers

LEGO has announced the development of a buildable version of The Great Wave by Japanese artist Hokusai.
The artwork, which was created in the early 1830s, has been described as “easily one of the most recognisable and influential” artworks of all time by the toy manufacturer.
The original woodblock print depicts a tsunami crashing against fishing boats in front of a faraway Mount Fuji.
Annemette Baaskjær Nielsen, Designer at the LEGO Group, praised the new product, saying: “We’re thrilled that fans of art and Japanese culture will get the chance to immerse themselves into the relaxing project of recreating the iconic Great Wave, captured in a LEGO Art set.
“This set offers so many ways that fans can unwind and find their flow. Not just immersing themselves into the building process, but also getting into the artwork and how that is composed. Sparking an interest in Hokusai’s instantly recognizable original and its rich history of almost 200 years.”
Messenger Newspapers: LEGO - Hokusai's artwork will become available in LEGO form on New Year's DayLEGO – Hokusai’s artwork will become available in LEGO form on New Year’s Day (Image: LEGO)
LEGO believes that its products can help adults unwind, finding in its Play Well 2022 Report that 93% of adults regularly feel stressed with a further 80% looking for new ways to unwind.
The brand says that LEGO enjoyers can relax by building this set and listening to the accompanying soundtrack while learning about the original artwork through the premium booklet.
The Lego set will become available on Sunday, January 1, 2023, and can be purchased from the LEGO store and LEGO retailers.
The 1,810-piece set will cost £89.99 in the UK.
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