It’s been almost two years since we first covered the work of Polish artists Przemek and Marcin Surma, who publish drawings every week inspired by classic LEGO sets. Since then, they’ve created a whole new bunch, based on iconic sets from classic space themes of the 70s, 80s and 90s. Classic space fans should have no trouble recognizing some of their favorites from among this collection (but the original set numbers are included in each drawing, if you need help remembering).
What you see here is just a small sample – check their website for loads more.
Thanks to Nathan Dusciuc for the tip!
TKH takes his signature “sparkly-eyed female” building style away from the usual Anime fare for a moment, to take us behind the scenes of some classic works of art. Apparently Johannes Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring was having a little snake trouble …which may explain her distracted look!
Also check out Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa failing to get comfortable, and Jacques-Louis David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps preparing to eat some snow.
Luke Mancini (Mr–Jack) posted his artistic interpretation of Ice Planet. Anyone who’s familiar with these iconic minifigs and their transparent orange saws will instantly recognize this awesome drawing.
This scene by Lukasz Wiktorowicz shows a warrior training in a beautiful nightscape built entirely out of Lego. There are multiple layers to this work and they all stack together to create a well-composed scene.
It’s not the first time a pile of bricks has become art, but Adam Dodge shows us that superheros seem to magically appear everywhere:
Though technically this isn’t a ‘build’ more of a carefully stacked pile – it does get huge bonus points for using only minifig weapons.
(now someone do Batman).
TRENCH is an abstract board game that features a mechanism of movement and capturing enemy pieces that reminds me of chess. LEGO Designer Marcos Bessa fell in love with the design and built it out of Lego. You can check out this video on YouTube to learn how the game works.
Don’t worry if you don’t know what a Schwibbogen is – I didn’t either. As builder Robert H. kindly explains, it’s a type of traditional German Christmas decoration in the form of an ornate candle holder. Robert’s full-size LEGO Schwibbogen is modeled after a famous one, and depicts artisans at work.
Architectural guru Erwin te Kortschot is back to creating brilliant LEGO skyscrapers. His most recent is a translation of one of the artist Achilles Gildo Rizzoli’s drawings, a portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Healy in architectural form. Erwin’s interpretation of the sketch into brick form makes a very visually interesting tower.
Fellow Brother-Brick Tim spotted these, and I couldn’t pass them up. They’re made by a cat who goes by the name Ragskin, and posted on DeviantArt. I know some folks are not fans of Lego themed (but non-Lego made/licensed) art pieces, but I am. In fact, years ago, I welded together some LEGO bricks from steel. They jury of that art show quite liked them, actually. Regardless, I think these wooden minifigs would be a great office decoration, and a little classier than a standard creation. I’d like to think one of these could sit in Jorgen Vig’s office. I especially dig the attention to detail taken on the space man.
 EDIT TG: Actually, Heliodelic pointed me to them, I merely passed the information along.
Riccardo Zangelmi adds his interpretation of Escher’s Relativity to the collection of works based on this famous art illusion in the theme of space, Star-Wars, castle, and classic. The smooth texture and the lighting add a surreal effect to the creation.