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Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark, a New Book about the Dark Side of LEGO by Mike Doyle

Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark, a New Book about the Dark Side of LEGO by Mike Doyle Lego books
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Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark, a New Book about the Dark Side of LEGO by Mike Doyle Lego books
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Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark, a New Book about the Dark Side of LEGO by Mike Doyle Lego books
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Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark, a New Book about the Dark Side of LEGO by Mike Doyle Lego books
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Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark, a New Book about the Dark Side of LEGO by Mike Doyle Lego books
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Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark, a New Book about the Dark Side of LEGO by Mike Doyle Lego books
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Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark, a New Book about the Dark Side of LEGO by Mike Doyle Lego books
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Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark, a New Book about the Dark Side of LEGO by Mike Doyle Lego books

LEGO artist and author Mike Doyle (previously) just announced a macabre sequel to his wildly popular 2013 book, Beautiful LEGO, titled Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark. The new book examines the darker, disturbing side of brick building with 325 pages of LEGO creations organized into chapters like Creepy Crawlers, Evil Attunement, Dark Towers, Indulgences, Pits of Fire, and Riot Girls. In total, the book contains the collected work of 140 LEGO enthusiasts from around the world. It’s currently available for pre-order.

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Edible Chocolate LEGOs by Akihiro Mizuuchi

Edible Chocolate LEGOs by Akihiro Mizuuchi Lego food chocolate

Edible Chocolate LEGOs by Akihiro Mizuuchi Lego food chocolate

Edible Chocolate LEGOs by Akihiro Mizuuchi Lego food chocolate

Edible Chocolate LEGOs by Akihiro Mizuuchi Lego food chocolate

Edible Chocolate LEGOs by Akihiro Mizuuchi Lego food chocolate

Edible Chocolate LEGOs by Akihiro Mizuuchi Lego food chocolate

Edible Chocolate LEGOs by Akihiro Mizuuchi Lego food chocolate

Illustrator and designer Akihiro Mizuuchi designed a modular system for creating edible chocolate LEGO bricks. Chocolate is first poured into precisely designed moulds that after cooling can be popped out and used as regular LEGOs. It’s hard to determine exactly how functional they are, it seems like he had success in building a number of different things, though I can only imagine how quickly they might melt in your hands, but I suppose that’s beside the point; this is two of the greatest things in the world fused together. If you google around there are numerous attempts at creating various forms of LEGO in chocolate or other food, but this appears to be the most detailed and well-designed of anything out there. (via Legosaurus)

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Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh

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Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh toys Lego

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh toys Lego

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh toys Lego

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh toys Lego

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh toys Lego

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh toys Lego

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh toys Lego

Jack-of-all-trades artist and designer Chris McVeigh creates these awesome minimalist Lego models of outmoded technology including TVs, video game consoles, as well as analog phones and cameras. Not only does he design and photograph them, but also makes them available as sets you can buy in his shop, or as instructions you can download freely on his site. He also turns many of his LEGO-themed illustrations and photos into prints which you can find on Society6. (via Stellar)

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Beautiful LEGO: A Book About the Art of LEGO by Mike Doyle

Beautiful LEGO: A Book About the Art of LEGO by Mike Doyle sculpture Lego books
Doc Edgerton (2010) © Tom Simon

Beautiful LEGO: A Book About the Art of LEGO by Mike Doyle sculpture Lego books
Rearing Stallion (2011) © Tim Goddard

Beautiful LEGO: A Book About the Art of LEGO by Mike Doyle sculpture Lego books
Cube Dudes (2013) © Angus MacLane

Beautiful LEGO: A Book About the Art of LEGO by Mike Doyle sculpture Lego books
New Holland Honeyeater (2011) © Gabriel Thomson

Beautiful LEGO: A Book About the Art of LEGO by Mike Doyle sculpture Lego books
Flower Petal Study (2002) © Katie Walker

Beautiful LEGO: A Book About the Art of LEGO by Mike Doyle sculpture Lego books

There are those of us who regard LEGO bricks as a nostalgic toy from childhood, while others might still occasionally assemble kits as a hobby or perhaps as a way to bond with children. And then there are the select few who have an unwavering obsession with the tiny plastic bricks, who fiddle endlessly to find the perfect block to create sculptural objects so exquisitely designed, that it becomes art.

LEGO artist Mike Doyle (previously here and here) collected some of the most amazing people working with LEGO today in his new book Beautiful LEGO from No Starch Press. The 280 page book is filled with some 400 photos of LEGO creations from over 70 artists, and seems to be the most thorough book on LEGO art ever written. You can take a peek inside over on Mike’s blog, and although it’s not published until October 7th, you can preorder it now. All photos above reproduced from Beautiful LEGO, with the permission of No Starch Press.

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Art of the Brick: Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO Solo Show in New York

Art of the Brick: Nathan Sawayas LEGO Solo Show in New York sculpture Lego

Art of the Brick: Nathan Sawayas LEGO Solo Show in New York sculpture Lego

Art of the Brick: Nathan Sawayas LEGO Solo Show in New York sculpture Lego

Art of the Brick: Nathan Sawayas LEGO Solo Show in New York sculpture Lego

Art of the Brick: Nathan Sawayas LEGO Solo Show in New York sculpture Lego

Art of the Brick: Nathan Sawayas LEGO Solo Show in New York sculpture Lego

Art of the Brick: Nathan Sawayas LEGO Solo Show in New York sculpture Lego

Art of the Brick: Nathan Sawayas LEGO Solo Show in New York sculpture Lego

Art of the Brick: Nathan Sawayas LEGO Solo Show in New York sculpture Lego

If you happen to be in New York this weekend stop by Art of the Brick, the upcoming solo show by artist Nathan Sawaya at the Discovery Times Square museum. The collection of LEGO sculptures is being billed as “the world’s biggest and most elaborate display of LEGO art ever and will feature brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya.” The show opens tomorrow and runs through January 5th, 2014.

Side note: Sawaya is trying to get enough votes over on LEGO CUUSSOO to have one of his orignal artworks turned into an actual LEGO set. All imagery above courtesy Discovery Times Square. (via laughing squid)

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Contact 1: A 200,000 Piece Sci-Fi LEGO Masterwork by Mike Doyle

Contact 1: A 200,000 Piece Sci Fi LEGO Masterwork by Mike Doyle science fiction Lego

Contact 1: A 200,000 Piece Sci Fi LEGO Masterwork by Mike Doyle science fiction Lego

Contact 1: A 200,000 Piece Sci Fi LEGO Masterwork by Mike Doyle science fiction Lego

Contact 1: A 200,000 Piece Sci Fi LEGO Masterwork by Mike Doyle science fiction Lego

From the brilliant mind of New Jersey artist Mike Doyle (I’ve previously featured his spooky victorian houses), comes Contact 1 the first in a series of grand scale LEGO works “celebrating extra terrestrial contact events, spiritual beings and unique worlds.” The towering world is the culmination of some 600 hours of work using 200,000 individual bricks and stands nearly 5 feet high by six feet wide. Doyle is offering limited edition prints and DIY instructions on how to create individual portions of Contact 1 over on Kickstarter.

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Lego Watercolor Paintings by Los Carpinteros

Lego Watercolor Paintings by Los Carpinteros watercolor painting multiples Lego

Lego Watercolor Paintings by Los Carpinteros watercolor painting multiples Lego

Lego Watercolor Paintings by Los Carpinteros watercolor painting multiples Lego

Lego Watercolor Paintings by Los Carpinteros watercolor painting multiples Lego

Lego Watercolor Paintings by Los Carpinteros watercolor painting multiples Lego

Lego Watercolor Paintings by Los Carpinteros watercolor painting multiples Lego

Lego Watercolor Paintings by Los Carpinteros watercolor painting multiples Lego

Lego Watercolor Paintings by Los Carpinteros watercolor painting multiples Lego

Lego Watercolor Paintings by Los Carpinteros watercolor painting multiples Lego

Los Carpinteros is a Havana-based artist collective currently comprised of Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez (a third member, Alexandre Arrechea, left in 2003) who produce a wide range of works including sculpture, installation, and film. My favorite of their works are these lovely abstract paintings of Legos and other structural or architectural pieces. Via Sean Kelly Gallery:

Interested in the intersection between art and society, the group merges architecture, design, and sculpture in unexpected and often humorous ways. They create installations and drawings which negotiate the space between the functional and the nonfunctional. The group’s elegant and mordantly humorous sculptures, drawings, and installations draw their inspiration from the physical world—particularly that of furniture. Their carefully crafted works use humor to exploit a visual syntax that sets up contradictions among object and function 
as well as practicality and uselessness. For Los Carpinteros, drawing has played an integral role as a mock technical draft or form of a blue print that suggests not only a process of artistic elaboration but also a form of architectural or carpentry plans.

You can explore over 100 of their paintings in high resolution on their website, and don’t miss this interactive 360 degree walkthrough of an exploded room at Hayward Gallery in 2008. (via faith is torment)

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