LEGO Cello Inspired by Yo-Yo Ma
One day, I was watching a video of Yo-Yo Ma play the cello, and I just thought it was so beautiful, I wanted to challenge myself to build a life-size cello out of bricks. – Nathan Sawaya
Inspired by Yo-Yo Ma, artist Nathan Sawaya created his first cello out of approximately 7,000 standard LEGO bricks over the course of a few days in 2009.
a part of my global touring art exhibitions: THE ART OF THE BRICK. The cello is such a popular instrument worldwide, it has been amazing to see fans’ reactions to the sculpture all over the globe.
The Challenge of Creating a LEGO Cello
Although he makes it look easy, there was one aspect of making the cello Sawaya found challenging.
The toughest part was making sure the f-holes looked accurate. I use rectangular bricks in my creations, and of course a cello has some beautiful curves to it, so I had to emulate the curves of the instrument out of little plastic right angles.
In spite of this challenge, the cello turned out beautifully.
Just the Beginning
The cello was the first musical instrument Sawaya
replicated out of LEGO bricks. Since then, I have built a guitar and a grand piano out of LEGO bricks.
Contact Nathan Sawaya
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