If you thought that Lego is only for children, what you are about to see will change your mind. Arthur Gugick, a math teacher from Cleveland, has recreated famous art works, buildings, places and people using only pieced of Lego. Gugick’s work is incredibly varied, featuring portraits of John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, as well as Steve Jobs, all the way to miniature, but highly accurate, replicas of architectural landmarks like Big Ben and the White House. The teacher has even reproduced immortal works of art by masters like Van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci. He explained his method:
I use a lot of mathematics when building the architectural landmarks. For the Roman Coliseum I needed calculus. For the Taj Mahal I actually had to write my own computer software to help me make the dome.
Each model is built of 5,000 to 20,000 pieces and can take two to three months to complete a project. Mr Gugick is part of a community known as the AFOLs (Adult Fans Of Lego), which is growing fast. He says:
In the last 10 years the number of adults who claim to enjoy Lego has increased tenfold. There are Lego conventions. When I started there were only two conventions in the United States, now there’s probably 200 to 300 conventions worldwide. It’s almost too many. There’s even a Lego group in Britain called the Brickish.
Now here is a sample of the teacher’s work.
1. A complex recreation of the Taj Mahal, including reflecting pool. The artist said he had to write his own computer software to help him make the dome.
2. A detailed portrait of Apple founder, Steve Jobs, which took the artist — maths teacher Arthur Gugick, 54, from Cleveland, Ohio — two months to complete.
3. A mosaic paying tribute to American actor Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Depending on the size of the project each model contains from 5,000 to 20,000 pieces.
4. The iconic poster for The Silence of the Lambs is made out of nothing but Lego tiles. Mr Gugick, 54, from Cleveland, has spent 10 years building scale miniatures.
5. The White House, created with nothing but black and white lego bricks. Mr Gugick makes global landmarks and portraits of pop-culture icons using nothing but Lego.
6. Former Beatle John lennon immortalized in Lego form. Mr Gugicks work’s of LEGO art can be found in art galleries across the United States and Europe.
7. The painting The Girl with Pearl Earring created in LEGO form. On average it takes Mr Gugick two to three months to fully complete a project.
8. A miniature replica of St Basil’s Cathedral, Russia. Mr Gugicks’s work spans a wide variety of subjects, from iconic portraits to global landmarks.
9. Childhood joy meets horror in this remake of The Scream. Mr Gugick is part of a growing community known as the AFOLs, which stands for Adult Fans Of Lego.
10. Model of Florence Cathedral. To cut down costs Mr Gugick, who has been playing with Lego since he was seven years old, buys the majority of his bricks online.
11. This mini model of Big Ben stands at only one foot tall.
12. Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa in LEGO form.
13. A far-out portrait of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Mr Gugick owns more than a million pieces of LEGO in total, all sorted carefully by size and color.
14. A Lego replica of Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night. Mr Gugick has never used a drop of glue to hold a piece together and carefully avoids using shop-bought models.
Source: The Mail Online.
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