The Beatles
"Nothing you can make that can't be made"
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In 1967, Michael Cooper (under the art direction of Peter Blake) took a photograph of the popular music group, The Beatles (l-r: Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) (1940-), John Winston Ono Lennon (1940-1980), Sir James Paul McCartney (1942-), and George Harrison (1943-2001)), for the gatefold of their album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band.  This album was re-released on compact disc 20 years later (with the same photo, slightly cropped, intact).  November of 2000, I scanned that version of the image into Photoshop and made some adjustments (brightness, contrast, colour replacement (for better compatibility with a LEGO palette), etc.).  Then I ran it through Eric Harshbarger's LEGO mosaic program Pixelego.  Over the next 8 months I assembled the mosaic out of approximately 20,000 LEGO pieces (mostly plates).  (Dimensions: 2 1/2 by 5 feet, 2 studs thick).  Putting it together was easy, the difficulty was in collecting the necessary parts in ten colours (black, white, red, blue, yellow, orange, tan, brown, and 2 shades of grey).  Most of these were ordered on Brickbay (an online collection of independent LEGO collectors from around the world selling off partitioned portions of their collections) as well as from other LEGO stores, official and unofficial (such as LEGO Shop At Home and Baylit).  Unfortunately, it's hardly common that any one seller has thousands of orange plates (an uncommon colour) to offer.  Hence this project became a meditation on waiting for parts--not only through the mail, but for the stores to restock.  There were months when all I did was wait for someone to sell a handful of tan plates (I probably depleted most of the supply, for which I apologize).  I'd then stick those parts onto the mosaic, and then wait to order more.  Somewhere during the patience of this process I began to ruminate on the numerous stages of this image's reproduction--via photography, reprinting, pixelation, bricks, and then back into a photo on the internet.  Anyways, I'm done. 
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