Famous Portrait Recreated with 5,500 Toy Soldiers

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Famed photojournalist Robert Capa set out to capture shots of the Sino-Japanese War in 1938. While in the city of Hankow, the photographer happened upon a parade commemorating revolutionist first provisional president, Sun Yat-Sen. There, he photographed the portrait of a 15-year-old Chinese Nationalist soldier, which would become one of Life Magazine’s most memorable covers.

Artist Joe Black used Capa’s image as the basis for his work, Made in China, which is built from over 5,500 colorful toy soldiers. Gluing the plastic figures to a vertical surface, Black was able to create a pointillist portrait that’s right in line with his other creations that use Legos, buttons, and more. Hit the jump for a closer look at Black’s toy army art and other eccentric works.

Image credit: Joe Black [Spotted via Colossal]

Capa’s original Life Magazine cover image

Image credit: Joe Black

Image credit: Joe Black

Image credit: Joe Black

Image credit: Joe Black

Joe Black, Playing with Chuckie [Artist Chuck Close’s portrait made from Legos]

Joe Black, Playing with Chuckie

Joe Black, Devil’s in the Detail [Skull made from 2,435 handmade buttons/badges depicting pop culture imagery.]

Joe Black, Devil’s in the Detail