Jane Perkins has a knack for recreating famous paintings using mostly buttons, LEGOs, and other found objects. Her series, Plastic Classics, includes images like Vermeer’s Girl With the Pearl Earring and many others.
Talk about overachieving. This absurdly huge, incredibly-detailed replica of Hogwarts is entirely made of LEGO, and it’s pretty amazing. Artist/creator Alice Finch spent countless dollars and a full year building the castle, which is composed of over 400,000 bricks. You can read an interview with her here, and check out her Flickr page for lots more detailed photos. Via Laughing Squid:
Who wouldn’t want one of these Lego lamps? In fact, I have some LEGO sets laying around the house, I might try my hand at creating one of these goofy, imaginative creations.
Via Retail Design Blog & Dina M: The lamps, each piece monochromatically featuring a LEGO color paired with a white lampshade, were designed by Jung Ah Kim and are available in five different models. The fascination that falls upon these textured lamps is rooted in the “pixelation” that occurs through configuring the orthogonal blocks to portray a smooth curve of the lamp’s surface.
“In every location Thomas Barbéy has traveled to, he has taken photographs. He uses the pictures to create artistic montages of a imaginary concepts, which are technically made with a combination of negatives, pre-planned double exposures, and/or other methods. His work is heavily inspired by his travels, everyday life, and art by Rene Magritte, M.C. Escher, and Roger Dean.”
This enormous LEGO Roman Colosseum is pretty astounding. Made from over 200,000 pieces, it shows the colosseum how it was hundreds of years ago, and how it appears today, buzzing with tourists.
Via the Sydney Morning Herald:
Built by Ryan McNaught, Australia’s only Lego certified professional, who built the Colosseum for the Nicholson Museum. Standing more than one metre high, 1.3 metres wide and 1.8 metres long, the Colosseum is ”the most technically challenging thing I’ve ever built,” McNaught says, adding that his fingers often cramp up at night during big builds but, in this case, it was his brain that was left hurting. ”I’ve really got a new appreciation for the Romans and how they made things. For me, the challenge of making something oval-shaped out of square bricks was mind-boggling.”
Colossal has a peek at some awesome birds made of LEGOs. These birds found in Britain include Puffin on a Cliff, Billy Blue Tit, Kingsley Kingfisher, Bobby Robin, Gloria Goldfinch, and Woody Woodpecker.
Via Colossal: I just stumbled onto this expertly crafted series of birds found in Britain by Thomas Poulsom. His use of color and perfect selection of bricks really bring these animals to life. You can see the entire series of six birds here, and apparently there are many more to come. (via lustik)
Update: Thomas mentions that if enough people vote for his designs, they might become actual sets.
Destined to be much more popular with adults than kids, LEGO‘s latest Camper Van T1 is an amazing tribute to the VW Microbus. And at over 1300 pieces, this is a weekend project, not just a simple toy.
This authentic is a replica of the classic Volkswagen Camper Van from 1962. Every iconic feature is here! On the outside, the terrific detailing includes ‘V’ shape three-way color split at the front, rounded roof and , opening ‘splittie’ safari windshield, opening doors, iconic pop-up roof with textile curtain surround, , rear side air intake vents and lots more! The detailing is equally impressive on the inside, from the authentic air-cooled flat four cylinder , front cabin , , angled dashboard and iconic spherical speedometer, to custom LEGO® features like folding rear bench seat, folding dinette table, closet with mirror and even a painting! Ages 16+. 1,322 pieces.
• Features 11 windows, authentic plaid-print textile curtains and wing mirror!
• Rear door opens to reveal detailed engine!
• Interior also features rear bench seat that transforms into a bed, ‘Make LEGO Models, Not War’ T-shirt and rear shelf with plant!
• Measures 11.8″ (30cm) long and 5.5″ (14cm) high!
Here is an excellent video of the designer explaining his latest LEGO set. Pretty damn cool.
A very cool and creative campaign by the Philadelphia Zoo to raise awareness. Nicely done.
With the precarious state of ecosystems throughout the world today, it is difficult to know for certain which threatened species will continue to be around for future generations–and which will have gone the way of the Dodo. But as sobering of a legacy that may be, it is increasingly important to raise awareness of these fading animals early and often to the children of today, whose attitudes and actions as adults may determine the fate of the planet’s biodiversity. So, with that in mind, one zoo is educating its young visitors about the importance of preservation in an imaginative way–with an exhibition of endangered animals constructed out of Legos.
Opened yesterday, the Philadelphia Zoo‘s Lego-made exhibit, called ”Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adventure,” features the work of world-renowned Lego artist Sean Kenney. According to Kenney, the 34 animals he created for the zoo took him over one year to complete–the largest project he’s undertaken. Included in the exhibit are sculptures of endangered birds, frogs, tamarins, and a polar bear made with 95,000 Lego pieces.
“I love being able to explain serious problems in ways that kids can understand them,” says Kenney.
In addition to the Lego sculptures, each exhibit features a description of how the animals’ habitat is under threat, and simple ways that everyone can help aid in its protection. Visitors are encouraged to recycle, avoid environmentally irresponsible products, and bicycle instead of drive when they can.
Zoo officials are hoping that folks who may have been drawn in by the impressive sculptures will walk away with a better understanding of threatened ecosystems and what they can do to lower their impact.