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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.
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.
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"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." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Beautiful LEGO is a curated gallery of mind-boggling, awe-inspiring, and masterful LEGO creations. It features the work of some of the most creative minds working in LEGO today, whose art ranges from incredibly lifelike replicas of everyday objects—a slice of pie, an antique phone, a classic keyboard synthesizer—to evocative and unusual imaginings of spaceships, mansions, characters, and creatures of all kinds. Each sculpture is incredibly unique, ambitious, clever, and artful. As you pour through the book again and again, you'll find something novel and jaw-dropping on each page.
About the Author
Michael Doyle, MCTS, MCSD, MCSE, currently works as the SharePoint Architect for Waggener Edstrom, one of the leading PR companies with offices around the world. Michael has been working almost exclusively with SharePoint for the last seven years. He has been in the software arena professionally for the last 20 years and has worked for companies such as A-dec, FedEx, Intel, NETWARCOM, Deloitte and Touche, HCA, Vanderbilt, and others. Michael has also done consulting, teaching, and professional software development. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at SharePoint conferences. He received his B.E. and M.S. from Vanderbilt University. In his spare time, he likes to kayak and travel. He currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA.