ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot celebrated 20 years of Lee Corso headgear selections on Saturday’s show from Texas A&M in College Station.
A visibly emotional Corso took in everything host Rece Davis directed his way, including messages from Ohio State’s Brutus Buckeye, The Oregon Duck and Alabama’s Big Al. GameDay contributor Tom Rinaldi pulled at the heartstrings of Corso (and fans) with a touching video recounting the last 20 years ending with crowd chants of Corso’s name.
ESPN collaborated with LEGO, based nearby in Enfield, Conn., to present Corso with a lenticular mural portraying an image of himself and Big Al, depending on which side the art is viewed from. It also includes Corso’s famous catchphrase “Not so fast, my friend” (not done in the lenticular style). The mural has over 13,000 pieces, took 12 hours to design and over 20 hours to build.
Front Row caught up with Lego model designer Michael Provenzano to discuss the special mural produced for Corso. Provenzano admitted he’s not a college football fan, but of course, “I still know who Lee Corso is,” he said.
How many people worked on the build?
We had two builders assemble the lenticular mural.
How difficult was this to execute compared to other projects?
Lenticular murals are more difficult than standard murals. Since each mural is two separate images, the design time is double. We had to design two murals individually and then combine them into one image. We then build the image with 1×1 sloped elements to bring the images to life. This is the first lenticular mural that we’ve integrated standard LEGO plates into the design.
How do you come up with the concept and then make it a reality in Legos?
We first had to select the photos that we wanted to make into a mural. After we decided on the photos, we open up Photoshop and compress the image to make sure it will translate in LEGO bricks. The image of Corso is zoomed in a bit so that we could get enough resolution to have him be recognizable.