Saga Poster – a Guinness Record

  • Check the world’s most known fan Star Wars poster and
  • the world’s largest LEGO mosaic!

In 2007 I decided to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars saga with an amazing poster. This was the Star Wars Saga Poster. Its most recent version looks like this (click on the image to see in larger size):

Star Wars Saga Poster
Star Wars Saga Poster 2011 Edition

But it was not the first version. Check this long story if you really want to learn about the evolution of the poster!

Here, I will tell you another story. A story about how this picture made the world’s largest LEGO mosaic.

I was contacted by Dorling Kindersley Publishing, London in 2010 with the idea to build the world’s largest LEGO mosaic image based on my Star Wars Saga Poster as the template. I was very happy because they wanted my image instead of the many available official pictures.

First, the poster was transformed into LEGO format:

  • from 4000*2545 pixels (more than 10 million) and 16 million colors,
  • into 960*400 LEGO elements (“pixels”), 12 colors.

Here is how the plan looks like:

Star Wars Saga Poster tranformed into a LEGO mosaic - it is just the plan
Star Wars Saga Poster transformed into a LEGO mosaic – it is just the plan

384,000 LEGO elements in total. The practical issues were dealt with by The Brickish Association – they divided the image to 60 columns and 25 rows, resulting in 1,500 LEGO panels with 256 (2*2 sized) LEGO elements on each.

Check this photo gallery for further details of the building of the giant mosaic with the help of thousands of volunteers!

The final image looks like this (download the poster here!):01

The validated size of the mosaic is 15.34 m by 6.385 m, resulting in a picture almost 98 sqm large (the former record was 80.48 sqm).

After the documentation, the mosaic was taken to pieces and the bricks were donated to a London-based children’s charity organisation called Kids’ Company – except two parts. The DK logo was transferred to the building of the publisher while a small part was given to the Toy and Plastic Brick Museum in Ohio – their record was broken by us. (No, I did not keep any parts. Not one brick.)

It was a great experience. I enjoyed the event, London’s museums and pubs etc. – but most of all, I was overwhelmed by the fact that more than 2,000 people worked so happily on building an image that was my design. Creating a picture is a somewhat lone process – here, I experienced the power generated by many people working together. I am fortunate to have this memory.

And what happened after? Well, the saga poster became the most searched Star Wars image on the net and became featured in the Guinness World Records 2016 Edition when they made a Star Wars spread. This poster is among the first hits of Google for “Star Wars” since 2010. I still receive comments and usage permissions regularly. It reached tens of millions of people – it’s really amazing to think of it.

You can download the poster here.

You can read the Making of… story of the poster here.

If you want to see some appearances of the poster, continue here!

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