Schoolkids Build a Work of Patriots Lego Art That Broke My Brain

SourceThe GOAT and the coach, two Patriots heroes now the subjects of a unique portrait, made by Peabody school kids out of Legos. And what you see, depends on how you look at it.

“On this side it’s the amazing Tom Brady, but then on this side it’s the fantastic Bill Belichick,” says 5th grader Keira Edmonds showing us the portrait.

It’s a project brought to the students at the Brown Elementary School in Peabody by artist Rob Surette, using more than 20,000 Legos. …

About 400 students and teachers made the double portrait no matter their abilities or disabilities. They worked in a vacuum.

Rob didn’t tell them what the finished project would be. … Then he made the big reveal at an assembly in the school gym. The place erupted with cheers.

What an age we live in. A veritable wonderland where technology, engineering, science and craftsmanship can all intersect to create works of art that were once unimaginable. CGI special effects that bring to life the visions that once only existed in writers’ imaginations. Digital sketches that create maps on scales as large as the universe and as small as subatomic particles. 3-D printers creating sculptures literally before our eyes. Breast implants that look almost natural.

It’s as if nothing that can be envisioned is beyond our abilities to create. Whether it’s with computers, film, or little plastic bricks/foot torture devices. I mean, this is both awe-inspiring and unnerving at the same time. If the kids at Brown had built this 300 years ago they’d be tried for witchcraft and burned alive. Fortunately for them we live in a more enlightened world with a respect for what the Rob Surettes are capable of creating.

The best part of this is that it disproves and old sophism that says art is about suffering. It’s something that’s been said about every great artist from Mozart to Van Gogh, Hemingway to Squidward Tentacles. But these kids and Mr. Surette have proven that there’s also great art in decades of success, greatness and winning. It really is a celebration of triumph. Now get that to the Smithsonian as soon as possible. Great works of art like this need to be preserved forever.