Artist goes viral on tiktok for massive 20ft mural made of lego® bricks
"Serene Ultraviolet Waterfall" spanning over 20 ft wide and made with over 70,000 LEGO bricks by artist Jessica Ragzy Ewud.
February, 22-WILTON, CONNECTICUT:
Arab-American artist Jessica “Ragzy” Ewud is making quite a name for herself in the art world. Dubbed the “OG LEGO Queen” by her following, Ragzy is known for creating masterpieces from LEGO bricks.
She was selected out of thousands to participate on the hit series LEGO Masters in 2020, where her and her teammate placed in the finals. Now the artist is partnering with major firms in the science and tech industries to create mind-blowing visuals.
More than 70,000 LEGO bricks illustrate the intersection of art and engineering worlds at ASML’s R&D facility in Wilton, Connecticut. It took more than two months for Ragzy to bring the mural to life.
“The relationship between art and science is very special because both artists and scientists have the ability to view the world differently and question everything,” says Ragzy.
ASML employees weren’t the only ones who seemed to enjoy the LEGO masterpiece. Ragzy released a series of videos on TikTok (@ragzyart), which went viral and accumulated over 8 million views and counting.
Ragzy took translucent bricks and connected them in a way that reflects light in all directions. She also used bricks traditionally meant for windshields and vehicles and transformed them into flowing and splashing water that brings dimension and movement.
The artist also created a tree with a ‘greeble’ design to give a more complex look and a nod to the future of technology. Technic LEGO pieces were used to elevate bees so that they appear in flight, and different variations of flowers give the illusion some are blooming – both of which work together to imbue life and energy.
“My work is meant to be mysterious and involve symbolism,” says Ragzy. “LEGO bricks in my work represent the building blocks of something. In this particular mural at ASML, the bricks symbolize the building blocks and future of technology. I’ve deliberately taken pieces that were traditionally meant for one purpose and created something new, which I believe is important to science and engineering.”
Dedicated to empowering women in the arts as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), Ragzy is passionate about the inclusion of art in STEM curricula. Her work often contains some sort of puzzle, which entices the viewer into problem solving.
“I believe in STEAM. The ‘A’ should be included because art tells the story of science,” says Ragzy. “There aren’t many female professionals that work with LEGO bricks, so I’m happy my work is gaining attention and I can proudly represent women.”
You can learn more about this masterpiece on ragzyart.com or @ragzyart on Instagram and TikTok.