The Digital Orca sculpture at Jack Poole Plaza is a Vancouver landmark, but one local artist is looking to recreate it using only LEGO.
Robin Sather, Canada’s only LEGO certified professional, is creating the one-third scale replica in front of a crowd at the LEGO Imagine Nation Tour that’s coming to the Vancouver Convention Centre starting Friday.
“In other cities we did the Saddledome in Calgary, the parliament buildings in Ottawa, and the Habitat 67 in Montreal,” Sather, who’s on a nation-wide tour with LEGO, tells Daily Hive. “We have a few cool buildings in Vancouver, but nothing really stands out dramatically, other than the five sails, and I always like to build things that are tall.”
Sather estimates that he’ll use 5,000 pieces of LEGO to recreate the Digital Orca, even on a smaller scale. He said it was an obvious choice to recreate Douglas Coupland’s pixelated orca whale, since it sits just outside the Convention Centre where the event is taking place.
Sather adds that he’s a big fan and friend of Coupland’s.
This isn’t Sather’s first LEGO rodeo. He’s built other creations, including portraits, seaplanes, peace signs, and holiday-themed sculptures.
You can see Sather build the Digital Orca replica this weekend at the LEGO Imagine Nation Tour.