San Francisco, CA, September 19, 2013—Some artists build with stone. Some create with canvas and paint. But a growing number are creating breathtaking works of art using an unexpected medium: plastic LEGO bricks. And the results are impressive as demonstrated in a new, full-color, coffee table book, Beautiful LEGO by Mike Doyle (No Starch Press, $29.95, 280 pp., October 2013, ISBN 9781593275082).
The book’s cover draws in readers with a stunning photo of Doyle’s city of Odan: a 6 foot tall model that took over 600 hours to build and uses over 200,000 LEGO bricks. Inside, readers will find the work of 77 artists and nearly 400 LEGO models. Creations span the full range of LEGO artistry, from the silly to the sublime, from portraiture to sculpture to architecture. There are pop culture portraits like Freddie Mercury and Monty Python, models of dissected frogs, a dilapidated Victorian house, monsters and aliens, cube shaped people, famous and fantastical buildings, and complex mosaics. According to an early review in Publishers Weekly, readers “will be mesmerized by this astonishing collection.”
“When I first discovered the kinds of LEGO artwork that people were creating, I was amazed,” said Doyle. “I had no idea that a little toy could go so far. And it keeps getting better as builders share their creations and techniques online, which inspires others and pushes them to do even more incredible things with LEGO. I hope this book inspires readers to new levels of creativity.”
Beautiful LEGO will be making its way into bookstores worldwide this October, where it will surely impress and inspire artists, builders, and pop culture fans of all ages.
For more information or to request a review copy of Beautiful LEGO, contact KC Crowell at No Starch Press ([email protected], +1.415.863.9900 or visit www.nostarch.com).
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