School children build US sporting heroes in LEGO mosaics

School children in the US have put together LEGO brick mosaics of sporting heroes that have received plenty of attention online.

Artist Rob Surette led a workshop over three days at Bancroft Elementary School, leading activities that saw the children build a portrait of Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz, using only LEGO elements.

At another school, Surette led children to build a single four and half by three and a half foot LEGO of American Football New England Patriots portrait. The optical illusion built into the model means that from one angle it presents player Tom Brady and from another it presents coach Bill Belichick.

Worldwide media outlets have paid attention to the children’s creations since they went viral on social media.

“I thought to myself, ‘Wait a minute, I wonder if I could do this magic trick where half of them angle one way, and half of them angle the other way, so you get two portraits in one,’” Surette told He did not reveal to the participants how the dual image portrait would work.

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Graham was the Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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