Wednesday, August 19, 2015

LEGO Art: 9 of the Biggest Epic Builds from the Past Year

Since LEGO was introduced in 1949, some pretty awe-inspiring LEGO art and almost unbelievable creations have been constructed–all from small plastic building blocks. For your enjoyment and inspiration, we’ve compiled some of the best and biggest LEGO builds from the past 12 months.

Pompeii – The story of Pompeii has been told countless times since its destruction in 79 AD. Today, at Sydney University’s Nicholson Museum, you can find a LEGO scale model of the old city constructed with over 190,000 bricks–the largest LEGO Pompeii city ever built. Ryan McNaught, ‘The Brickman,’ took 470 long hours to complete this LEGO city, and worked hard to re-create exactly how the town would have appeared in the moments before it was covered with ash and debris.

Millennium Falcon – With just two months and 10,000 LEGO bricks, Singapore-based LEGO builders Titans Creations constructed a model of the Millennium Falcon–the famous spacecraft commanded by Han Solo and his first mate Chewbacca in Star Wars–with an extremely detailed interior. Complete with a cockpit, multiple corridors, and hyperdrive lights, this Star Wars re-creation measures 3’ 7” by 3’ 3” and is even larger and intricate than the official UCS Millennium Falcon.

Death Star – Another LEGO creation inspired by Star Wars, this Death Star LEGO model is made up of over 500,000 LEGO bricks and weighs 1,900 lbs! On display in the LEGOLAND California theme park, this model was constructed by a team of 30 people over the course of 1,800 total hours and specifically designed to outlast California earthquakes so visitors can enjoy the creation for years to come.

Mustafar Separatist Headquarters – Featured most heavily in the movie Star Wars Episode III, Mustafar is a small, fictional planet in the Star Wars universe that is home to the Separatist Headquarters. Polish LEGO artist Michal Kazmiercazk re-created these headquarters with over 60,000 pieces. For four months, he designed and constructed this detailed and stunning recreation that in the end came to stand nearly 5’ tall and measure 50” by 70”.

Tower of Orthanc – From the popular book and movie series Lord of the Rings, this Tower of Orthanc LEGO creation took over 100,000 bricks (75,000 for the tower and 15,000 to 20,000 for the landscaping) and almost a full year to create. Designed and constructed by Brendan M from Game Informer, this 8’ tower now reigns supreme as the tallest LEGO Orthanc Tower in existence. Previously, a LEGO team called TheOneLug held the title with a 7’ tower.

Springfield – Using well over 500,000 bricks, LEGO builder and Simpsons super fan Matt De Lanoy constructed a model of Springfield–the fictional town from The Simpsons–over the course of six months. Due to size restraints, De Lanoy did not build the entire town, but instead grouped together important buildings from the show such as the Kwik-E-Mart, Moe’s Tavern, and many more.

Cinderella Castle – Super-crafter Erik Jones took almost a year to design and build this massive Cinderella Castle. A longtime Disney fan, Jones was inspired to construct the castle after a real-life trip to Disneyworld. Jones stated one of the most difficult parts of building the castle was simply finding enough bricks. In the end, over 50,000 LEGO bricks were used. The castle stands over 6’ tall, is almost 5’ wide, and weighs more than 100lbs.

USS Enterprise – Using over 18,000 pieces, LEGO building enthusiast Chris Melby managed to build a five-foot-long stud-free replica of the USS Enterprise–the main starship from the popular TV series Star Trek. Constructed over 8 months, this starship features a variety of custom pieces that give the ship its smooth appearance. The replica measures 68” long, 29” wide, and stands at about 32” with its wooden base.

Taliesin West – This huge LEGO project is a model of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Previously on display in Scottsdale, AZ, in Wrights’ real Taliesin West Home, architectural artist Adam Reed Tucker and 30 local school children spent a total of 420 hours researching, designing, and assembling this exquisite model. It measures about 8’ by 4’ and weighs around 500lbs.

Are there other creations you know of that should've been on our list? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!

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