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Beautiful LEGO Paperback – October 3, 2013
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"LEGO! It really doesn’t get any better than this."
—Wired.com, Raw File
"One man’s quest to prove LEGO can be art."
—The Los Angeles Times
—The San Francisco Chronicle
"A stunning new book proves the versatile LEGO blocks aren't just kids' stuff."
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Top Customer Reviews
Beautiful LEGO takes you on a jaw-dropping photo journey of the creations of around 70 different LEGO artists from around the world, including brief interviews with about a dozen of them. The LEGO creations depicted in the book range in size from Doyle's 200,000 piece, Contact-- the fantasy city featured on the cover-- down to 10 piece birds and snails with amazing character. Unlike other LEGO books where the photography and resolution are secondary, every image in this book appears to consist of a well-lit, clutter-free, high res. images destined for the Smithsonian. Many images are so clear you can see the airtight seams between even the smallest of bricks.
Among the strengths of this book is that Doyle does not linger on any particular LEGO artist, building style or motif for more than a few pages. The upside to this is that the reader gets a wide-ranging view of the amazing capabilities of the artist and their bricks, but the downside is that you may crave more.Read more ›
One important aspect is that the book does not only contain pictures of awe-inspiring, massive works that take 100s of hours to put together. (It does have those, though - for example the cover image.) It also features small, innovative pieces that are not unlike what my son has created - with the additional eye and palette of an experienced artist. This is what is most clever about the book. While it features amazing artworks, many of them could be rebuilt by young readers - or even be the starting point for new creations. And the breadth is outstanding - from faithful historical replicas to way-out fantasy pieces. My son feels as if this book were created just for him.
So "Beautiful LEGO" is a coffee table book, and an inspirational guide for builders of any age. Beautiful!
The book covers a wide variety of subjects and groups them accordingly. Sections like "Plastic Menagerie" focus on animal models while, "Mmmmm" is simply devoted to models of food.
This book is like a museum of Lego, focusing on many of the best creations out there. It takes you away from the idea of basement hobbyists and into the realm of professional art. This is a great coffee table art book and is sure to spark great conversations about Lego.
*I received a copy for review - all opinions are my own*
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought hhis as a birthday gift for a friend, who really loves it. He's a Lego champ, but this book has some things in it that he found truly interesting.,Published 4 months ago by Mudfarmer
Creative and imaginative book. My son has looked at this book over and over.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
An amazing, breathtaking look at some of the most AWESOME lego creations every built. from Nathan Sawaya to Sean Kinney, there is so much in here , just look at the cover and you... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brian Berkovitz
Wow! What amazing Lego creations! The book is nicely done, and adored by our resident Lego fan.Published 8 months ago by RedReviewer
An amazing collection of what a combination of Lego and Imagination can create. I am a huge fan of the Lego Architecture series (if you click on my name you will see some of my... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Greg Polansky
A few of the items are "beautiful": horses, dogs, birds.
dissected frog? Read more
The Lego creations in this book are undeniably impressive - the birds were by far my favorite! Unfortunately, this had been purchased as a gift for a very young Lego lover - but a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by EnglishTeacher678