This December there was a two-tonne Lego advent calendar in Covent Garden. To celebrate, here are our favourite plastic pastiches…
In the beginning, the brick was with God and the brick was God. Credit to thebricktestament.com for rebuilding the foundation of the Christian world, the Book of Genesis. Ever-mindful of LEGO’s target audience, the cheeky satirists have labeled stories which contain nudity, sexual content, violence and cursing, and warn that ‘the Bible contains material some may consider…inappropriate for children’.
Not the most high tech of LEGO tributes but there’s something irresistibly funny about the 4 little silhouettoes of Freddie Mercury and Co – though LEGO has never and will never invent a plastic wig that could do justice to their hair. Altogether now: LEGO, LEGO, we will not let you go.
This 1:350 scale recreation of Fearless Felix Baumgarten’s 26 mile skydive is seriously impressive. Not only did its makers, the Ogilvy & Mather Wien Agency, send their Lego Felix up in a real balloon; they also nudged him out of it at the height of 400 feet, the equivalent of 26 Legoman miles. A giant leapt for a minifigure, and a giant leap for a man.
A tribute roundup wouldn’t be a tribute roundup without Michael Jackson. The high point of this shot-by-shot reconstruction of his ‘Thriller’ video comes early on: Lego Jacko’s brick-hair-sprouting transformation into a Lego werewolf is hilarious and actually pretty creepy. 13 minutes; 7 million YouTubehits; immortal.
If you welled up for Susan Boyle’s ‘Les Mis’ moment, then prepare to be strangely stirred by this Minifig tribute to the Victor Hugo novel-turned-musical blockbuster. The minifigs who man the LEGO barricades have unnaturally immobile hair, fixed grins and orange skin. So far, so West End…
The White Stripes ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’
LEGO rocks! Michael Gondry’s award-winning 2002 video for The White Stripes’ ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’ is still one of the best uses of LEGO we’e seen. It has a LEGO drummer, LEGO singer complete with teeth and tongue, LEGO guitarist and foxy LEGO girl – and they all look cooler than the real band.
Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’
Chin-strokers will love Cambridge mathematician Andrew Lipson’s LEGO version of Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’. For further Maths, check out his other LEGO sculptures which include a Mobius strip, a Boy surface, (a ‘nonorientable shape’ that looks like two slugs eating themselves), and a punctured torus (nope, us neither).
The 2012 London Olympics
Relive that electric night in east London 2012 by watching Usain Bolt win the 100metres, against 7 other LEGO sprinters, very, very slowly. The Guardian’s brick-by-brick animation team recreated loads of Olympic finals in their LEGO stadium. They’re unlikely to stand the test of time, but it’s worth checking out just how hard it is for a 1.5 inch plastic Olympian to do ‘To di’ world’ or the ‘Mobot’.