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Dutch classical pianist and composer Jeroen van Veen describes himself as a “LEGO freak”. So he set himself the task of building a life-sized grand piano from LEGO bricks after discussing with his children whether it would be possible.
As reported by DutchNews.nl, 47-year old van Veen, who lives in Pernis, near Rotterdam, spent two-and-a-half years building the instrument. “It is a hobby which got a bit out of hand,” he told television interviewer Hart van Nederland.
The piano was created using around 29,000 second-hand LEGO pieces gathered from all over the world. Van Veen said he was particularly pleased with the technique he discovered to build the curved sides. The piano strings are made out of yellow bricks but don’t actually play; instead van Veen built a digital keyboard into the instrument.
YouTube user WowBrickArt also makes musical instruments from LEGO – but of a miniature variety. In his musical universe, you need only 82 bricks to make Martha Argerich’s piano, and 568 for Johann Sebastian Bach’s organ.
Van Veen gave his first public performance on the piano in Almere last Friday.