Lite-Brite Last Supper


This is entirely silly but I’m fascinated by it. Also, as the guy is relatively local, I feel compelled to promote this crazy artist’s work. This guy, Mark Beekman, now holds the Guinness World record for largest work of art created with Lite-Brite. Yes, I said Lite-Brite! He created a 5′ x 10′ Lite-Brite masterpiece of…. Leonardo’s Last Supper. Fucking brilliant!
Video interview

Beekman said,
“When I was a kid, you couldn’t have paid me to go to an art museum. I thought art was boring. With this piece, I wanted to appeal to kids as well as the kid in all of us. I want people to realize that art is whatever they want it to be. It doesn’t have to fit a category, and it certainly doesn’t have to be boring.”

Essentially what he did was do a Chuck Close trick. You take an image, overlay a grid, enlarge the grid on a larger canvas, and meticulously copy the image to the large canvas one square at a time. In Chuck’s day, it was all plotted out in his mind but today we have computers which make it so easy that you get stuff like this where Darth Vader’s portrait is generated by a mosaic of frames from Star Wars. So Beekman generated a mosaic, then no doubt followed the Chuck Close method, substituting Lite-Brite pegs for paint dabs. One peg at a time, one square at a time, one row at a time, he painstakingly recreated the Last Supper in Lite-Brite. Fucking Brilliant!

If you have $15,000, this work could be yours. It’s for sale on Ebay. He says the money will go to charity.

If all of this brings back childhood memories and you miss your Lite-Brite, here is the next best thing. Enjoy!

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20 Responses to “Lite-Brite Last Supper”

  1. I’d rather have my Mister Machine, actually.

  2. You’ve been tagged!

    You can only play if you have a cd player in your car.

    Name 7 of the cd’s you have in your car when you read this.

  3. That last supper looks better than the original.
    When I first started blogging I was reading the DaVinci Code, thus the name.
    Of all the genius’s of the past, I think he was the most smart-ass of them all. Very cool dude.

  4. Two things I love about Leonardo:
    1) He was always willing to take risks
    2) He thought of his ability to create stunning visual art as only a small part of himself, rather than the only or primary thing that defined him.

    A professor of mine once commented that Leonardo lived at a time when it was still possible to know everything there was to know in the world. I find that amusing, completely untrue, but amusing; however, the man knew more probably than any other man alive at his time and for along time after. He probably knew more than most people do today.

  5. But can he do Elvis’ last supper. On black velvet?

  6. Perhaps write him with the suggestion. If there’s a world record for black velvet Elvis paintings, he may do it. :)

  7. I did a Mr. Potato-Head version of Mona Lisa. It sold on Craig’s List for 4.95.

  8. I never like “art” toys as a kid. Lite-Brite and Etch-A-Sketch seemed limiting to me. A big pad of paper and crayons and markers seemed far better. I carried that thinking into my work. I never liked creating graphics for the web because it’s limiting (it was worse 10 years ago) and I’ve resisted game graphics also for the limitations. How can you create with limitations? So every once in awhile someone comes along and makes something like this despite the obvious limitations. Neato.

    I’d love to see your Tater Lisa.

  9. You should see my Erector Set Buddha. He looks a little skinnier than he should… But still good enough to worship.

  10. Yikes, Sarge, I actually remember Mister Machine. I can even hum the ad jingle, although I don’t remember any of the words except: “and his name is Mister Machine.”

    Philly, as you know, I’m not now and never was an artist. But my sister owned all kinds of art toys. What I loved doing with her Etch-a-Sketch was to scrape off all the goop, little by little, until you could see how the internal mechanism worked. It wasn’t that I was so interested in the engineering, though; it just annoyed the shit out of my sister when she found her toy completely etched-away.

    Evo: I saw your Mister Potato-Head Mona Lisa. I thought it was half-baked.

    Obviously, some of us are old enough to remember when kids were actually expected to use a real potato, instead of the plastic shape with convenient slots that the toy comes packaged with today. I remember an early kit that dared to suggest you could use a carrot or a cucumber, too.

  11. The automotive center where my wife works has four ectch-a-sketch thingees in the waiting area. They’re always in use and it’s always adults messing with them.

    My father-in-law, years ago, got some two by fours and sawed them into different lengths and into different shapes, sanded them and then gave them to my sons to have a ball with. We got them out when our own grandsons came up, and that was what they wanted to play with most.

  12. Sweet taters

  13. I can remember fighting Buckley Crawford over the use of the Lite-Brite in 2nd grade. By god, I wanted to play with it and I didn't want to share with him because he always smelled like he never wiped. Of course, my attempts at Lite-Brite art were usually limited to writing my name. Pure talent, that was.

  14. Some people write blogs about atheism. They are called

    Extermin Taters

    That sucked, but it’s the best I could do… being a half-baked comedian.

  15. One of my most unforgettable toys was a Buck Rogers Ray Gun. This was a combination flashlight and buzzer thing in the shape of a pistol. It took two D cell batteries and was my favorite toy. My parents invited me to only use the light feature in the house.

    I took very good care of this item, kept the box and put it inside the box every night, and put it in my closet. Didn’t have it long, though.

    One morning I got up and it wasn’t there. Hunted high and low, my parents just said I must have put it somewhere and lost it. They said this with studied indifference.

    I was a kid, so I looked for a while, didn’t find it, let it go. But, still…the box was ALSO missing, and my parents didn’t seem to care much about it. My mother used to just fly into fantods if I lost a dime, I’d get a two day hocking about “irresponsibility” and how I couldn’t be trusted with ANYTHING, and in terms of anger, scorn and contempt. So I kind of smelled a rat, but…I was a kid, so…

    I recently saw such a ray gun in an antique store, and much was made plain. I’m sure it was confiscated sureptitiosly, and for very good reasons. The toy was heavy (especially with batteries) and had very large, blade like, sharp, point fins on the business end. Watching Tom Corbett, Rocky Brown, and Space patrol, a lot of people got whipped on the head with things, including “blasters”. The thought of such a reenactment with their child and the possible damage must have given them nightmares.

    I hate to say it, but I think they made the right decision and saved a whooole lot of trouble for everyone.

  16. I was never into artsy toys. My favorite “toys” when I was a kid were my bike, my baseball bat and my glove. I used to loop the glove over the bat, then balance the bat/glove combo across the handlebars as I rounded up kids for pickup games.

  17. I was always torn between art and engineering, until I found that they are part and parcel of the same thing,- Aesthetics. Which explains why I tore my etchascetch apart and tried to wire it into 240 volt billboard and almost fried myself.

  18. My sister got a Barbie for christmas one year, and she got huge enjoyment from it. On the on hand, it was a nice doll, on the other, she took a brown and a red crayon, strategicly painted it to render it anatomically correct, and then told our parents I’d done it. My denials were, of course completely disregarded.

    Even then I had to admit that as dirty tricks went, that was definitly a goodie, I’d never be able to cap it, and one has to admire the complete knowledge of the subjects involved and sheer cold bloodedness which carried it off. I STILL wish I had that kind of guts…and meaness.

  19. Check out the Elvis Lite-Brite:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/52175830@N00/sets/72157602562420242/

  20. Very nice. Thanks!

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