Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa is probably the best known painting in the world. Leonardo da Vinci painted this portrait, probably of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, between 1503 and 1506. The painting is also known as La Gioconda, or "the happy one" (also a pun on the family name of Giocondo). BTW, "Mona" is not her name, but an Italian title akin to "My lady". The painting can be found in Paris at the Louvre, though in the past 50 years it has occasionally traveled to other locations (including Washington DC and Tokyo) on loan, and was stolen for a time in 1911 by an Italian nationalist who wanted to return it to his home country. As you may well expect due to its fame, the Mona Lisa has been reproduced and parodied in many ways, including a great number of LEGO renditions.

Arthur Gugick

ChrisLego, Li Li

Warren Elsmore, one from Legoland California

Eric Harshbarger, and another by Eric

Third version by Eric Harshbarger, Brian Korte (his site is here)

Katrin K, Son Nguyen

DJBaggaDonuts, Udronotto

Joshua Christianson

LEGO Pavilion at Nasu Highland Park

Nathan Sawaya, Uno Brick

Monday, April 28, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Napoleon Crossing the Alps

Another fun take by Tkh, this time of Napoleon Crossing the Alps. The original depiction of one of Napoleon's military campaigns was painted in 1801 by French artist Jacques-Louis David, requested by the Spanish king Charles IV as a symbol of his friendship with France. Further copies were made by David at the request of Bonaparte himself.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Girl with a Pearl Earring and a really big head

I'm not sure if this should be tagged "LEGO rendition of other art" or "Parody", so I'll go with both. Tkh came up with this fun take on Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ekow Nimako - Flower Girl

Ekow Nimako is a Canadian artist using LEGO as his medium. He has a current exhibition in Toronto called Building Black, where the black refers both to his cultural experience as the son of immigrants from Ghana and also the color palette for many of the creations. The signature piece of this exhibit is Flower Girl, which he says represents the lost innocence associated with the slave trade.

He wrote Flower Girl Requiem to accompany this piece, which you can find on his Flickr stream.

They Say Forever innocent,
Free from taint or decay world,
filled with basketball Pretty blooms
Plucked from the earth none too soon.

She love for all her hope and youth,
Her pretty gown, the purest truth
Her basketball and the whites Within,
The blooms of cotton, soft and grim.

The world can never seem so stark,
So bright, so safe, so cold and dark
As When gazed upon through childhood's eyes,
For All which my precious dare not oblige.

Alas, her Will not be strewn aisle,
For she who's ever loved is gone
The child of flowers, and picked Praised
Forever innocent, They Say.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014