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Art Of The Brick

Last weekend I managed to get myself along to the penultimate day of the Art of the Brick exhibition showcasing the works of Lego artist Nathan Sawaya.

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It’s something we (me, the wife, and the little one) have been meaning to go to for ages and we finally got ourselves (pushchair and all!) up to the Truman Galleries off Brick Lane to see the Lego works in all their glory!

Dreams are built… one brick at a time

The whole exhibition is superb and there are far more pieces than I had imagined that there would be.

Although it seems like there’s a lot of photos here, I could have put up so many more.  This is really just a glimpse of some of my favourite pieces from the exhibition.

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The ceiling of the Sistene Chapel

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Michelangelo’s David

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Venus de Milo

The large sculptures are extremely impressive, it’s hard to believe some of them are even made of Lego.  Nathan also has created a number of 2D pieces which, in many ways, are more remarkable (please excuse the photo quality, there’s only so much you can manage carrying a 4month old!).

Built up using the side of bricks they use colour and tone to convey the image.  Some are recognisable works of art built up in a relief of 2D and 3D to create depth, and others look like artistic patterns only to sync into a visible image when you take a step back.

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The Scream

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Mona Lisa

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa

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close up 3D detail

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The Starry Night

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The exhibition had break out spaces showing videos whiched offered a fascinating insight into how Nathan works.  From developing sketches to often chiselling apart large sections of a sculpture to redo them.  Plus a view of his superbly organised Lego workspsace of which I am completely jealous of!

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Some of the animal sculptures are remarkably lifelike.  Well, not like I thought “woah, there’s a dog in here“, but scaled up from the sort of sizes we play with Lego at home you start to blur the blocky edges and lose the square corners.

Curves and rounded shapes all of a sudden are possible and your eye interprets it as a whole new form.

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Our daughter making friends with the polar bear!

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An infinite knot

Hands are notoriously difficult to draw, I can’t even imagine how many attempts and amendments went into this giant Lego version!

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The integration of technology and humans

The swimmer sculpture was also particularly good.  Lit using a textured gobo projector it mimics the water ripples and, with the model’s reflection in the glass table top, creates a very powerful illusion of swimming.  Lots of people, me included, actually looked under the table and were surprised to see a distinct lack of Lego!

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Although you weren’t allowed to touch the sculptures (understandably!) there was nothing stopping you from posing with them.

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The resemblance is uncanny!

One of my favourites was the T-Rex skeleton comprising of some 80,000-odd pieces.  Stunning.

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Some clever pieces even needed a particular viewpoint before it became clear what you were looking at.

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The added benefit of attending the exhibition so late in the calendar was that they had added an additional gallery called In Pieces, a wonderfully playful collaboration with Dean West of Lego items hidden in plain sight of some quite brilliant photographic scenes .

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umbrella

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Suspended bricks complete the floating illusion

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CNN said that the exhibition was in the “top ten of must see global exhibitions”, and you can definitely see why.

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One of many tables in the gift shop!

Having just been inspired by approximately 1.5million Lego bricks through the whole show, and a short play in the gift shop, I then headed off to the Lego store to treat myself!

If you ever get the chance to see any of Nathan Sawaya‘s work I highly recommend it!

Paint With Lego

I’m a little late to the party with this one as it first surfaced a couple of weeks ago but, still, what a beautiful animation from Jon Rolph aka @CheesyBricks.

Paint is a superbly executed take on what I can only presume is a Piet Mondrian piece.  Abstract art involving Lego?  Win-win.

 

1970s Lego Instructions

You only need to take a short glimpse back through this blog to know I am a huge fan of Lego.

I had some of the great sets when I was younger such as the castle (aka King’s Mountain Fortress) with glow in the dark ghost, any number of the pirate series (namely Lagoon Lock-Up), and, I think, the Town Airport to name a few.

These were brilliant, but some of best Lego fun I had was pulling out the overflowing plastic crate of assorted Lego bricks and mismatched sets from under my bed and just building and playing whatever I wanted.  In line with this way of thinking, Reddit user fryd_ recently posted this gem from a Lego set in 1973.

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Looks like they had the right idea all along!

There has been some debate as to the authenticity of the note, but I’m inclined to side with this argument on i09.com that says it is genuine.  Happy building!

Remembrance Sunday

For me, Remembrance Sunday means taking a two minute silence at 11am in memory of those who have been affected in the conflict of war.  The tribute started in 1919, a year on from the official end of the First World War on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day on the eleventh month in 1918 – Armistice Day.

Tower Poppies

Marking 100 years since the start of World War I there has been more coverage this year than in previous years with the poppy installation at the Tower of London.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red features 888,246 ceramic poppies planted in the moat at the Tower of London, each one representing a British military fatality during the war.

I went to see it a couple of months ago, and it is stunning.  Beautifully poignant and a fitting tribute.

Not to detract from the typical annual donations to The Royal British Legion, I opted this year for something slightly different.  A poppy with a twist.  And what better twist than Lego!

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As part of a limited collection of 100, each Lego poppy was hand created by Justin Ramsden with all proceeds split between The Royal British Legion and Help For Heroes.

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The collection was designed and built in memory of Thomas Henry Hodgson, and “all those who not only fought in the First World War, but every state of conflict ever since”.

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The poppy arrived carefully boxed and wrapped in a lovely brick graphic printed paper which, in true Lego fashion, shows the pieces that comprise it.

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You can see more of Justin’s work here.

Lego Banksy

Award-winning photographer Jeff Friesen has made quite a name for himself in his “other line of work” by using different combinations of Lego bricks and minifigures to create entirely new outcomes.

What started out as simply afternoon playtime with his daughter has evolved into The Brick Fantastic.

One particular project of his that caught my eye was his work as “Bricksy“, a Lego interpretation of the infamous artist Banksy.

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bricksy7Laugh Now

bricksy8Keep It Real

bricksy14Fridge Kite

bricksy13Caveman With Junkfood

bricksy15Love Deep

bricksy10Choose Your Weapon

bricksy9Naked Man

bricksy6Soldier With Spraycan

bricksy5Tightrope Rat

bricksy4Kissing Coppers

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In researching the images used here it had never occurred to me that as big a fan of Banksy’s work as I am, I didn’t know the proper titles of many of his works.

Seeing them written below the work makes them all the more poignant and profound particularly when you consider what the likes of “Choose Your Weapon” and “Foreclosure” really represent.

More on the website gallery here.

Lego World Cup Final

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you probably noticed that the Fifa World Cup final was on last weekend with Mario Götze grabbing the winner in extra time for the Germans.  With the hype and celebrations slowly fading I’ve got just one more World Cup related post to round it all off.

Following the final it took barely 48 hours for the brick-by-brick team at the Guardian to output this wonderful Lego recreation of the highlights of the match.

Granted I’m a bit slow off the mark (I’ve been out enjoying the sunshine!) but it’s still worth a watch and great attention to detail as ever.  Lego plus football, what’s not to like?

Enjoy!

Via Kayleigh on Twitter.

Behind The Scenes Of Lego Ad Break

About a month ago we were treated to a promo spot for The Lego Movie with the brilliant Lego Ad Break.

It always intrigues me to wonder how things are made or put together, and fortunately we’ve been allowed a brief glimpse behind the scenes of the advert and how they turned confused.com‘s Brian the robot into “blocky brilliance”.

The frame by frame attention to detail is fantastic (all 1000 bricks-worth that the scene required!), consider me suitably inspired to see what I can recreate using my crate of childhood Lego!


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