Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to run into this giant model of the Grand Budapest Hotel, made completely out of LEGO. This masterpiece is constructed from over 50,000 LEGO bricks and took more than 575 hours to complete. You have to admire this team for having the skill and patience to create something of this scale. Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at how they did it.
Chris McVeigh, a Halifax based designer, recently released this brilliantly designed original Apple Macintosh computer which is made entirely out of Lego bricks. If you’re unfamiliar with the original Mac you can click here and you’ll see just how spot on he got it. It’s the details, like the extra room for your fingers where the disk drive is, or the fans on the side, even the corner on the back of the computer, it’s spot on. Chris made an update to his Flickr page saying he’ll share the building guide for this model in the next couple of weeks. For those interested, be on the lookout.
In Pieces is the name of a fantastic multi-media collaboration between the photographer Dean West and the LEGO-sculptor Nathan Sawaya. The series explores the idea that identity exists today predominantly as a cultural creation and something which has been heavily commercialized and manipulated.
West and Sawaya’s images play with the artifice of modern photography, creating hyper-real images that include amazing LEGO sculptures hidden within each picture. Attempting to discover Sawaya’s sculptures is where the fun begins, and once they reveal themselves they highlight exactly how manipulated and artificial photographs can be.
Sawaya’s sculptures are beautifully rendered and their pixelated-forms emphasize the fabricated nature of modern photography. It’s a wonderful series and a great idea. You can view the full series of photographs online at Dean West’s webiste here.
This is amazing! 16-year-old LEGO sculptor Paul Vermeesch has made a fantastic recreation of M.C. Escher’s famous “Relativity” print out of just Lego. Six months in the making, Paul’s ‘Star Wars Relativity V2’ is unlike anything I’ve seen before. Measuring one-cubic-foot, the model recreates a number of iconic scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy – telling the story loosely in a counterclockwise format.
Vermeesch say that he imagines the piece is made up of between 2,000 to 3,000 Lego pieces and it even includes several lights that illuminate the model from inside as well as an amazing mini-cinema tucked in at the back.
Make sure to go check out the complete set of awesomely nerdy photos here.
Near the apex of the journey, the familiar blue sky gives way to an inky black, just before the balloon bursts and Ho’s and Muhammad’s rig starts its descent. The video and equipment eventually were recovered after falling back down to Earth.
An astrophysicist at the University of Toronto, Michael Reid, said what Ho and Muhammad were able to achieve is extraordinary.
“There are people that are doing it, but I haven’t seen many examples of 17-year-old kids doing it,” Reid said. “It’s a pretty impressive accomplishment.”
Not to outdo Philip and his last post about the LEGO Haunted House, but I saw these dissected LEGO men by Jason Freeny and knew I had to post them. Jason is pretty well known for his dissection illustrations and toys, showing the inner workings of just about every pop culture icon or toy out there.
Now he’s tackled a trio of 18″ LEGO men, showing their complex inner workings. I love the little details, like the fact that they have this mash of square flesh around their feet, and that the skin at the top of their head is quite thin like a real scalp. It’s also exciting that he documented the whole process, which you can see here.
Aliens, pirates, vikings, castles, dinosaurs, even the wild west! Over the years, the folk at LEGO have brought kids (and grown-ups) to all manner of great places, yet for some reason they’ve never had a LEGO Haunted House. That is until now! Coming this September LEGO will release their first official Haunted House.
Home to Lord Vampyre and his bride, the three-story house is served by a monster butler and a zombie chef, as well as being haunted by two glow-in-the-dark ghosts! It’s a fantastic looking set and the designers have really done an excellent job with it. Retailing at a hefty $180 the set is still incredible and with a release date of early September, it means that you’re just in time to have the perfect accompaniment for your house at Halloween.
The LEGO Haunted House is released September 1st 2012
I know you guys love Legos, so I had to share this video created by Francisco Prieto, who’s created a 3D modeled version of the Lego Millenium Falcon. Taking over 3 years, Francisco created the video with 3DS Max and V-Ray, using 3,572,568 polygons and 670 hours of rendering time. To say this was a serious undertaking would be an understatement, clearly Francisco loves him some Legos and Star Wars. This is kind of magical to behold, especially the detailing that goes into the upper portions of the ship. I’ve also realized I would never want to try and build one of these for myself, I’d probably go nuts.