Monday, September 30, 2013
Book Review - Beautiful Lego
About the Book
Some artists build with stone. Some create with canvas and paint. But a growing number are creating breathtaking works of art using an unexpected medium: plastic LEGO bricks. And the results are impressive as demonstrated in a new, full-color, coffee table book, Beautiful LEGO by Mike Doyle (No Starch Press, $29.95, 280 pp., October 2013, ISBN 9781593275082). The book's cover draws in readers with a stunning photo of Doyle's city of Odan: a 6 foot tall model that took over 600 hours to build and uses over 200,000 LEGO bricks. Inside, readers will find the work of 77 artists and nearly 400 LEGO models. Creations span the full range of LEGO artistry, from the silly to the sublime, from portraiture to sculpture to architecture. There are pop culture portraits like Freddie Mercury and Monty Python, models of dissected frogs, a dilapidated Victorian house, monsters and aliens, cube shaped people, famous and fantastical buildings, and complex mosaics. According to an early review in Publishers Weekly, readers "will be mesmerized by this astonishing collection."
"When I first discovered the kinds of LEGO artwork that people were creating, I was amazed," said Doyle. "I had no idea that a little toy could go so far. And it keeps getting better as builders share their creations and techniques online, which inspires others and pushes them to do even more incredible things with LEGO. I hope this book inspires readers to new levels of creativity."
About the Author
Internationally acclaimed LEGO artist Mike Doyle is known for his stunningly realistic, grand-scale designs. Contact, the majestic fantasy cityscape featured on this book's cover, uses more than 200,000 bricks. His award-winning Abandoned House series has been showcased at Gallery1988 in LA and now has a home in Boston's Museum of Realist Art. When not constructing unique LEGO art, Doyle works as a graphic designer. He lives with his wife and two children in New Jersey.
My Take on the Book
An amazing array of beautiful lego creations. This book is more that just a collection of legos, it is a work of artistic genius. You look through the images in this book and have to simply be amazed that what you are seeing are actually legos. I know I for one caught myself saying, "no way" numerous times, but as you look closer, you can see the legos that are definitely there. If you love LEGO as a company and either used them in the past or present, this is a book that you will want to have out at your own home to share with others, while giving you ideas for your next amazing creation!
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