A moment, please, to take in the wonder that is this Super Mario-themed oasis for aquatic life.
Within seconds of seeing it, your brain may start firing off all sorts of questions: Who created this? Can I buy one? Or DIY it? Why did they make it? Why the hell not, honestly?! Keep breathing—we've got answers.
Graphic designer Kelsey Kronmiller is the creative mastermind behind this NES-themed LEGO aquarium. She she was inspired by a similar tank and challenged by a friend to make one herself. The results are amazing.
Kronmiller said she originally wanted to model the aquarium after one of the video game's underwater levels, but it didn't contain "visually engaging structures" or places for the fish to hide in. So she went with the instantly recognizable first level, World 1-1.
She used lots and lots of LEGO bricks, plus vinyl and spray paint to bring the level to life as a 55-gallon aquarium. (Also, she applied a layer of Krylon Fusion clear enamel to the materials so the fish weren't poisoned.) The infamous bright blue background was sketched using Adobe Illustrator. A more detailed description of the process is on .
All in all, the project took her 300 hours, with a "majority of it" built within a three-week timeframe. And the three fish are appropriately named: Mario, Bowser, and Boo. We hope trio appreciate how awesome their pad is.
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