Man Wants To Build The Entire First Level Of Mario... With Lego

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]

Thanks Engadget!


    What is it about World 1.1 that people can't seem to get enough of?

      It's the first level of the most well known game to ever exist?

        Crazy talk! That cant be the reason!

      It's the start of the most famous retro game in THE USA.
      And since Americans dominate (English-speaking) online culture, 80's videogame history apparently means "Pacman, videogame crash, Mario, Zelda" and nothing else.

      Elsewhere in the world, there was no videogame crash- we were busy having fun with our C64s.

        Feel free to list off retro titles from the C64 that have had as lasting an impact as those you mentioned (Donkey Kong, Pong, Space Invaders, and Tetris should at least be in your little list too, BTW). Sure, there are plenty of other retro titles one could choose, but they wouldn't necessarily mean as much to the majority of gamers. This is iconic and works perfectly for a wall mural.

        Here's a cookie for being a non-American retro gamer. I'm guessing that's what you were really looking for here anyways.

      I knew it was a stupid question. But it's just a level. People just seem to wanna keep creating it in every other game. I just don't understand it personally.

    What is this moario

    What a champ!

    My question is: if a pixel is a perfect square, how will it work when LEGO pieces are predominantly rectangular?

      Your thinking with the wrong perspective, well that is my assumption anyway, with the end result and technique would be like this.

    After seeing the Super Mario Bros. 3 airship made in Lego, World 1-1 kinda seems tame and unambitious...

    Go for it. Things made out of lego are awesome.
    Maybe he should get James May involved? I'm sure he's got a couple of thousand left over from his house ...

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