Tim Schafer's Double Fine Kickstarter project is a nice idea and all that, but let's take time out to give financial support to the real heroes — like Lego artist Zachary Pollock, who need $26,400 to buy an astonishing 780,000 LEGO studs in order to build the entirety of Super Mario Bros 1 - 1... pixel by pixel.
What does that mean exactly? Well it means that every single LEGO stud is equivalent to one single pixel of the level, which means that the final LEGO Mosaic will stand six feet tall, and be 90 feet wide. Incredible.
This will make it the largest piece of LEGO art ever conceived.
"This project has a couple goals," says Zachary Pollock. "First and foremost, I want to inspire a new generation of LEGO enthusiasts. I also want to show people what they have forgotten, that building with LEGO can be done at any age.
"My second goal is to use this project to test the waters for a foundation I would like to start that will work with children doing healing art projects using LEGO bricks. This project aims to push the limits of imagination about what you can do with LEGO bricks and particularly to break down stereotypes people have about both LEGO and video games only being toys. I want to show the world LEGO and video games can be works of art as well.
"Last but certainly not least I, and I think many other people, really want to see the entire level 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. made from LEGO because it is just FUN! Right now I think we all need a little more fun in our lives."
All of the funds being asked for goes directly to production of the LEGO Mosaic — and most of that money will be spent on the LEGO itself. Pollock plans to show off the mosaic at multiple different Expos throughout 2012. He's currently raised $1642 towards his $26,400 goal.
I think I might actually support this guy.
Epic Mario [Kickstarter]