Fun With Lego

Written by Joe Martin

July 8, 2010 | 11:13

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The Best Lego Art

Lego isn’t just for making those little toys that you see on the back of the boxes; it can be used for pretty much anything - from model villages to political satire. We’ve gathered up some of the most impressive examples of Lego being used as an art form and featured them below - click to enlarge.

As always, if you’ve got art of your own to share then we’d recommend taking a look in bit-tech’s Art and Photography forum and sharing some of your own creations. Or you could just look at the cool pictures below, whatever.

*Fun With Lego The Best Lego Art

Lego Waterfall

Part of a series of Lego renditions of MC Escher’s work, this waterfall is a rather cunning optical illusion that gets increasingly baffling the more you look at it.

In fact, the Lego version of Escher’s famous painting is even more astounding as it’s actually had to be realised in blocks rather than displayed on a canvas. Not only does the 'water' seem to be flowing uphill, but a look at the pillars reveals that they appear to overlap in places, creating an impossible aqueduct.

Click the image for a closer look, then check out the source site to see what it looks like from a different angle, if you really can't figure out how this brain-bending effect was achieved.

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Lego Predator

What better way to celebrate (or commiserate) the release of the new Predators film than with this beautifully gross bust of the iconic alien? From the drops of fluorescent blood around the neck to the human skulls in the plinth, this model displays an extraordinary level of detail and, we think, would make for an awesome desk toy.

We’d love to see a motorised version with a moving mouth too - but once you step into that territory then why not look at making a Lego Terminator? We imagine Arnie's chiselled features would translate quite well to a blocky, Lego format...

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Lego Chestburster

Harry insisted that if we’re going to show a Lego Predator model then we’ll have to balance it out with an Alien model – we’ve gone with this equally stunning depiction of a Chestburster emerging from a puddle of viscera. The level of detail around the jaws is amazing, but somehow our favourite bit is the little trickle of blood that’s spilled over the base.


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Lego Wall-E

Okay, enough gross and bloody aliens – it’s time for an impossibly cute robot with sad, nostalgic eyes. This Wall-E model is articulated enough that you can move his head and arms around a bit, as well as manipulate his hands.

The tank-treads are fully operational too, so it's only a matter of time before someone decides to put a computer inside – oh, wait

*Fun With Lego The Best Lego ArtLego V8 Engine

You really can use Lego to make anything, as this working model of the classic V8, 32-valve engine proves. It’s incredibly complex and hasn’t been wired up to power anything, but it certainly makes for one of the most impressive desk toys we’ve ever seen.

Plus, you can turn it on and use the fan to keep yourself cool during the long, hot summer – provided you don’t mind the sound of all those bricks whirring away. Check this video of the Lego V8 in action!

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Lego Man

Nathan Sawaya is a professional, full-time Lego artist who has made some of the most singularly impressive pieces we’ve ever seen. His personal Lego collection consists of more than 1.5 million bricks – so if there are 62 bricks per person on the planet then he’s holding on to more than his fair share!

An exhibition of his work is currently touring throughout America too, so check out his site for more details.

*Fun With Lego The Best Lego Art
Lego Bible

The Lego Testament is a scene-by-scene adaptation of the Christian Bible into Lego format, from Genesis to Revelations.

The work is too big to fully show here, so we’ve just picked out our favourite passage – Jacob wrestling God in the Old Testament. Specifically, it’s the moment when God dislocates Jacob’s hip because he cannot overpower him. We love the idea of God fighting dirty.

Check the next page for some Lego models that are more achievable for most people...
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