Description: “Ruby” is a LEGO mosaic of a male Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). This is my first free-form (unframed) mosaic, and it definitely presented some interesting new challenges!

Inspiration: I love hummingbirds! Experiencing them as they zip around my home is one of my favorite parts of summer. These amazing birds are like brilliant flying jewels, packing so much vibrant color into tiny bodies (wingspan = 3-4 inches, mass of ~3 grams, about the same as a US penny). I knew I would need to build a very large mosaic to attempt to capture the beauty of these birds, so “Ruby” has a wingspan of about 6.5 feet.

Size: ~10,000 LEGO bricks, ~7 ft from tip of beak to tail feathers

Hours to create: ~200 (completed in 2021)

Ruby was exhibited at ArtPrize 2023Katie Hammond and I teamed up to create a  giant mixed-media pixel-infused installation entitled “Pixels of Life.” Using acrylic on an enormous hanging canvas (10 ft square), Katie painted a pink coneflower for Ruby to visit. This artwork was displayed at Brush Studio.

“Pixels of Life” now resides at the Wyoming Branch of the Kent District Library (3350 Michael Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49509). We hope you’ll check it out, if you visit the area. Click here to read a news release about this distributed by the library.

FOX17 News ran a story about Pixels of Life, which you can check out here.

There’s also a wonderful writeup about Pixels of Life written by by Deborah Reed for WKTVjournal.org. Click here to read it.