Unofficially known as the biggest LEGO Super Mario ever built, it has been featured on television shows, countless blogs and even in hardback.
First I built Luigi in a small scale as a test case. It turned out nicely so the next logical step was a supersized Mario. I created a life-size brick sculpture of everyone's favorite plumber. To save time and facilitate building I made a symmetric model.
Mario stands on top of a pedestal with eight classic orange video game tiles. Each tile is 32x32 studs, and each pixel from a tile corresponds to a single 2x2 brick. Consequently the floor Mario stands on is comprised of over 2,000 bricks. The floor slab of the base is made of Dark Tan 4 x 8 DUPLO plates. I have used hundreds of these inside the pedestal (floor and roof support under video game tiles), along with a myriad of garage sale DUPLO and LEGO filler bricks as pillars and beams. On the front side my clients' logo is depicted, whereas the back is autographed with my name and URL, respectively with an inset and outset brick font effect.
After dozens upon dozens of layers and minimal infrastructure, it was hard to make the bricks connect properly, especially around the shoulders, and the cap on top of his head.
I made some temporary brick scaffolds to support the arms before they connected to the body.
Game Mania ( number 1 videogames shop in Belgium and Holland ). With the kind permission of Nintendo Benelux, it made its debut on LegoWorld.nl, Oct 22 - Oct 27, 2009. Later on it was sold of for charity through Ebay.nl and finally ended up at a Game Mania Store in Leuven.