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"Far from child's play. An astonishing collection." —Publishers Weekly

Mix hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks with dozens of artists, and what do you get? Beautiful LEGO, a compendium of LEGO artwork that showcases a stunning array of pieces ranging from incredibly lifelike replicas of everyday objects and famous monuments to imaginative renderings of spaceships, mansions, and mythical creatures.

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Overview

"Far from child's play. An astonishing collection." —Publishers Weekly

Mix hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks with dozens of artists, and what do you get? Beautiful LEGO, a compendium of LEGO artwork that showcases a stunning array of pieces ranging from incredibly lifelike replicas of everyday objects and famous monuments to imaginative renderings of spaceships, mansions, and mythical creatures.

You'll also meet the minds behind the art. Interviews with the artists take you inside the creative process that turns simple, plastic bricks into remarkable LEGO masterpieces.

As seen in The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, TODAY.com, Wallpaper, USA Today, MAKE, and more!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/09/2013
Legos have been a building block of childhoods around the world for decades (the Danish company, the Lego Group, was founded in 1949), but as graphic designer Doyle demonstrates in this impressive collection of 360 Lego models, they’re far from child’s play. The book showcases the work of 77 artists, who offer a wildly divergent results: from portraits of Freddie Mercury and the monsters from Alien to dissected frogs, space stations, and chromed-out hot rods. Though Doyle humbly waits until the middle of the book to showcase a few of his own sculptures, they are among the most striking. His stark black-and-white renderings of an elegant Victorian house damaged by an uprooted tree, as well as the book’s cover (a massive futuristic city with countless spires) are nothing short of breathtaking. Brief bios of the creators accompany each entry, with the artists discussing what drew them to Lego bricks and their approach to design. One featured artist, Jordan Schwartz, may have achieved the ultimate goal: landing a job at Lego as a product designer due in part to his creations. Surprisingly, the book doesn’t include specifications such as the dimensions of the pieces or the number of bricks used, nor are there images of works-in-progress. If readers can forgive that, they will be mesmerized by this astonishing collection. Full-color illus. (Nov.)
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"A stunning array."
Today.com

"LEGO! It really doesn’t get any better than this."
Wired.com, Raw File

"One man’s quest to prove LEGO can be art."
The Los Angeles Times

"Delightful."
The San Francisco Chronicle

"A stunning new book proves the versatile LEGO blocks aren't just kids' stuff."
Reader’s Digest

Library Journal
01/01/2014
Contributors to this volume elevate LEGO construction to an art form. For these 80 builders, many of whom are self-admitted geeks, ambitious builds provide the perfect balance of technical challenge, problem-solving, and creativity. The LEGO block also has appeal as a recyclable medium owing to its precise manufacturing standard since 1958. The selection here is curated by Doyle, a graphic designer and LEGO artist known for his 200,000-brick fantasy cityscape Contact I as well as models of abandoned, deteriorating Victorian houses. The results of his worldwide call yielded a variety of online submissions, including works of architecture, fantasy worlds, monsters, and robots, ranging from simple figures pared down to their essence to technically complex and intricately detailed naturalistic figures. Doyle has enhanced the images for publication in print, retouching the figures and adding backgrounds. He provides brief biographical interviews for several of the best-known artists to reveal their beginnings, inspirations, and artistic challenges. VERDICT Fans of LEGO building will find inspiration in this volume, and others will be astonished by the surprising, fun creations.—Nancy B. Turner, Syracuse Univ. Lib., NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593275082
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 10/7/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 64,711
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Thank you, Mike Doyle, for showing us that Lego bricks are far m

    Thank you, Mike Doyle, for showing us that Lego bricks are far more than child's play. Your book portrays so many wonderful examples of how they can be combined in endlessly fascinating ways to create mind-blowingly creative works of art that delight young and old alike. Inspiration to both me, and my Lego-loving kids!

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  • Posted October 22, 2013

    An amazing collection of creations from builders around the worl

    An amazing collection of creations from builders around the world that showcases the LEGO brick as an art medium. It has been on our coffee table for a few weeks and our friends and family will casually flip through it, only to go back and look at every creation from cover to cover. The layout is beautifully simple with minimal text that allows you to enjoy the creations as they are; would definitely classify this as an "art" book that could be enjoyed by people of all ages.

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