Saigon boy recreates Tet with Lego pieces

Fanpage with more than 14 million followers of Lego company, on February 15, introduced a collection of traditional Vietnamese dishes on Tet holiday, composed by Huynh Cao Vu Khang, 31 years old.

The “dishes” such as stewed meat, banh tet, bitter melon were also voted as “The work of the week” by Lego, after only two days of posting, attracted more than 11,000 likes and nearly 3,000 praising comments.

New Year dishes with Lego by Huynh Cao Vu Khang. Image: Characters provided.

Khang is a freelance designer from Saigon, born in 1990, playing Lego from 4-5 years old, but it was not until he was 18 that he came back to this game “seriously” and made many works as expected. judgment.

Tet dishes in the “Tet” project was made by Khang in December 2019. The idea came up unintentionally when a young man saw a piece of Lego in the shape of a dark orange half egg, very similar to and proportional to the seed of a braised meat duck. “Since then, I developed into many dishes on a Tet tray”, Khang said.

Click to see more “dishes” on Tet with Lego by Huynh Cao Vu Khang.

Conceptualizing and sketching has been difficult, it is even more difficult to “hunt” important Lego pieces suitable for the work. For Khang, yellow apricot branches are the most difficult thing because they have to find a piece of Lego to make a lively and “real” apricot blossom. After days of thinking, he chose two types of airplane propeller pieces. However, because these two types of pieces are old and not many, it is difficult to find and buy. Khang has to locate in many foreign stores, from Thailand to Germany and America. Wait 3-4 months to have enough “ingredients”.

In total, the project “Tet Holiday” uses about 5,000 lego pieces, completed in about a month. From the original purpose of “fun is the main”, Khang’s works now introduce the traditional Vietnamese New Year to international friends. Many overseas Vietnamese share these “dishes” that remind them of their homeland’s taste.

This year, instead of reenacting the food, Khang makes himself “a real pot of maize”. Works 35 cm high, with a pot of baby apricot in real life. Thanks to ideas and experiences from the branch of mai in the “Tet”, Khang only takes two weeks to complete this “pot of apricot blossom”.

Tomorrow pots celebrate the New Year of Khang.  Photo: Character provided.

“Tomorrow pots” celebrate Khang’s New Year of the Ox. Image: Characters provided.

Besides “pots of mai”, Khang joined with a friend to implement a project “Tet on” describing the atmosphere of the days before Tet by recreating a corner of Saigon street with CEE transformer station and trading activities. Floral flags for the purpose of introducing and promoting Vietnamese culture.

In addition, the 31-year-old Saigon boy is pursuing a series of works named “Familiar” or “Familiar Things” in order to describe familiar things and street corners in everyday life such as train stations and ships. Motorcycle of the florist, barber shop.

Saigon boy recreates Tet through Lego

Video introduces the project “Tet on” by Khang. Video: Characters provided.

In the context of Covid, the works from toys not only entertain Khang but also spread optimism to others. “Either way, life has to be fun,” the boy said.

Minh Trang


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