Stepping on Legos? It's the worst. Making a double portrait of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick? Turns out, it's pretty awesome.
Local artist Rob Surette made his five-year-old vision a reality this week with the help of students at Peabody's Brown Elementary school. Rob visits schools across the region to work with students, and when he brought this design to Brown Elementary, he knew it would be a hit.
From one side, the portrait is very clearly Tom Brady, but as you move to the left, it transforms into Bill Belichick. It's an absolutely epic, need-to-see-it piece of art.
With about 22,500 Legos used and more than 100 hours of work, the kids helped Rob to create this masterpiece that's sure to impress.
Even though they worked diligently on the portrait, the students had no idea what they were creating.
"It would distract the project if they knew what it was," Rob said. "Lastly, when we unveiled the wow factor we got was really incredible. As I slowly unveiled the side where they could see Bill Belichick, they clapped, and as I slowly kept moving it and rotating and they went crazy when they saw the Tom Brady side. They didn’t understand how is that possible. It’s Legos. It’s not a video screen. I rotated it back and forth about 10 times, and it got louder and louder. They wouldn’t stop. It was one of the greatest moments of my career."
The complicated process took more than 100 hours in preparation, as well. Rob spray painted the Legos to get the shading right.
"It needed to look like them because when I got the Lego pieces, the pinks and oranges made Tom Brady look like he had a bad sunburn," Rob said.
Needless to say, he and the students at Brown Elementary nailed it. Check out a video from WBZ's Liam Martin below.