Four-year-olds are a force of nature. Earlier this week, a four year old wanted to play with the monkeys, and an endangered gorilla got shot. And now a cute little kid who doesn’t know any better has demolished a work of pop-art: a larger than life Lego character from Disney’s Zootopia valued at $15,000.
The statue of Nick Wilde was built by a Chinese artist named Zhao, a graduate of Zhejiang University’s Institute of Technology. Zhao reportedly spent three days and nights creating the sculpture.
The build, comprised of 10,000 pieces, was displayed at an exhibition in the city of Ningbo.
Zhao posted the photos of destruction with the hashtag #ManSpends3DaysAndNightsBuildingBlocks.
“An hour after the exhibition opened, a boy aged four to five pushed Nick and he fell to the ground and smashed into pieces,” Zhao explained. “I felt really frustrated and I even [started] to question my life. It took a lot of effort building the sculpture, especially the eyes. I had to change it a lot of times.”
Many of you out there might wonder if Zhao, who spent three days and nights–let’s be honest here–playing with Legos, could have begun questioning his life earlier.
To his credit, he isn’t blaming the kid who knocked it over. “I really don’t blame the kid … a child couldn’t really comprehend the cost of such an accident.”
Yeah. Kids. They can’t understand Legos.
Didn’t The Lego Movie teach us anything?
“Nobody wants to see this happen,” Zhao said. “If the parents could draw a lesson from this and learn how to teach their child, then it’s worth it.”
Actually, he’s wrong again. This is precisely the type of thing that people love to watch happen. Not that it isn’t tragic, but it is fun to watch. If a video of the knock-out surfaces, it will get a bazillion views.
For his part in all of this–which can be reduced to simple childhood curiosity–the boy apologized. His parents have offered to pay for the damages. Zhao says he won’t be taking their money. “The boy is young,” he said, “and besides the staff are responsible, too, for not keeping an eye on the sculpture.”
In preparing this article, I’ve tried to find some accounting that justifies the $15,000 price-tag. With only three days labor, and only 10,000 Legos–I’m still wondering. It sounds good, I guess. The elephant above, though, would be worth millions.
I think Zhao needs to reconsider how he builds. For one, I’d offer the same advice I’ve been giving my son for year: if your build falls over, it is your fault. Make a stronger base.
Or perhaps Zhao could build wide, instead of up and top-heavy.
How do the professionals do it? They ensure the pieces won’t ever come apart again, even if the build is knocked over. Of they install their sculptures out of reach.
A bit of superglue and everything would have been much better. Or a bit more planning. The character of Nick is super top-heavy. It would have been so simple to make a pedestal of Legos that could have ensured any extra attention from a kid wouldn’t have pushed it over.
What does real Lego ingenuity look like? Check out this video. A real Lego car, with a Lego engine that runs on air.