I have always been a massive fan of LEGO. I used to love creating space ships, boats and many other types of vehicle. I imagine this is where my roots as an engineer started to grow. My creations were never that beautiful, more functional machines, perhaps beautiful in their own way, but certainly not art.
There are however people who are much more talented than me and take LEGO to the next level. A brilliant exhibition has just launched in New York that has recreated famous works of art, both painting and sculpture, in the versatile medium of LEGO bricks.
I recommend having a browse through the gallery on the artist’s site.
Nathan Sawaya, a LEGO Master Builder, doesn’t work for LEGO but is the only person who has been certified as a LEGO Certified Professional. He became a full-time LEGO builder and artist in 2006 when he quit his job as a lawyer. I really love the idea of dropping a real job presumably earning good money to play with LEGO bricks as a full time “job”. Hats off to you!
Sadly the majority of Nathan’s work is US-based and predominantly in New York so not great for us Europeans, but definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in the Big Apple.
I was watching the Johnny Depp film Ninth Gate which is a bit of a slow burner and it made me curious about the different depictions of Hell.
I found this great project on iO9 where someone has created the
Nine Circles of Hell in Lego
It is worth going to the explicit pictures. They are not that bad and I am not quite sure why they censored it…
I quite liked this animation. It is good to see people putting in so much effort with toys. If you look carefully you can see their Ikea table, it was the one I used to have and have fond memories of.
The rest of their videos are here. Most of them are quite good although the ones where they have added speech are a little rubbish
On a similar topic this is possibly the strangest combination I have seen in a while. The guy talking about his Star Wars Lego figures is what sounds like a proper London rude boy. He is really into it though and clearly cares a lot about his little Lego men. Just goes to show that it takes all sorts.
This link below deserves a post of its own. It is excellently done. It is a bit of a shame he had to cut some scenes due to copyright…
Stop-Motion Animated LEGO Version of the 1964 Film, Dr. Strangelove (laughingsquid.com)