ByMatt Kranis, writer at Creators.co
President of the Salacious Crumb Fan Club. Staff Writer at Movie Pilot. Twitter: @Matt_Kranis
Matt Kranis

Zootopia has been a massive hit for Disney, earning praise from critics and fans alike as it became the second most successful original film of all time.

Unsurprisingly, that film's spawned some impressive fan tributes, like this Lego sculpture of main character Nick Wilde. The artwork was created by Lego artist Mr. Zhao, and took the artist three days to build using around $15,000 worth of Lego bricks. Which makes it even more unfortunate that the piece was destroyed by a kid less than an hour after being unveiled to the public.

Mr. Zhao with his artwork shortly before it was destroyed.
Mr. Zhao with his artwork shortly before it was destroyed.

Zhao created the statue for a Lego exposition in Ningbo, China. But shortly after revealing the statue, a child walked into it, knocking it to the ground in a cascade of Lego bricks. Sadly, the statue was only partially sealed with glue, meaning less than one third of the artwork remained intact.

The child's parents offered to compensate the artist, but Zhao refused, recognizing that it was just a horrible accident. Zootopia's refreshingly subversive story ultimately taught a message of tolerance and acceptance, and it seems like the artist has taken that to heart. Thankfully, Zhao shared work-in-progress photos of the statue on his blog, meaning there are plenty of images capturing the impressive work.

Do you think Mr. Zhao deserves compensation for the destruction of his Zootopia artwork? Let us know in the comments below.

[Sources: Imgur, ShanghaiIst, Kotaku]

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