Nature Watch: The Lego Bird

[David Attenborough voice] This, dear reader, is the rarely spotted Lego bird, a species whose biological structure is curiously made entirely out of Lego toy bricks. When seen, they are typically hidden away inside a child’s bedroom closet beside a Lego box, where they sit quietly and motionless, as always. Like the penguin and the Penguin chocolate biscuit, they are flightless creatures, which is probably for the best: an ill-judged landing would most likely result in a child-unfriendly explosion of dislodged plastic bird parts.

The Lego bird’s rarity is commonly attributed to a lack of interest from Lego constructors in building birds with their toy bricks: typical Lego creations are fighter jets and spaceships, which, I think you’ll find, are naturally more awesome. But one enthusiastic creator of Lego birds is self-titled “Lego Monster” Thomas Poulsom, whose miraculous creations you will see below. In a stunning art project, Poulsom has designed many species of Lego birds, including macaws, owls, hummingbirds, blue tits (tee hee), finches and… those yellow ones with the… wings…

So, please scroll down and indulge yourself in the majestic beauty of these fine, plastic creatures while I go and snuggle up beside a fully grown male polar bear in the North Pole. Attenborough out. [Read more…]

Euro 2012: Lego Recreations of the Tournament’s Greatest Moments

Have you been watching the 2012 European Championships? Yeah, me neither. But hey, this might pique your interest: a teenage football fan from Scotland has celebrated the (apparently very exciting) sports event by recreating some of the most memorable moments from past tournaments – in Lego! 18-year-old Graham Love spent four weeks painstakingly manipulating pint-sized plastic figures to make the stop-motion video, which he uploaded onto YouTube and which has went down a storm.

If you’re a footy fan, you may recognise some of the famous scenes receiving the Lego treatment in Love’s video: Cristiano Ronaldo weeping at Portugal’s Euro 2004 loss, for example, as well as David Trezeguet winning the tournament for France in 2000. He also leaves a question mark open for England’s performance this year. Well, we shall see (I’m sure I’ll read about it somewhere). Below are some screenshots from the video, and right at the bottom is the video itself. Enjoy. [Read more…]

Mind-Blowing Lego Art Creations by Nathan Sawaya

Lego art isn’t anything new – ever since the Lego Group launched the interlocking building blocks all the way back in 1949, budding artists the world over have been presenting their colourful constructions in galleries, on the internet and even out in the open. But the Lego creations of New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya are so eye-poppingly spectacular and spectacularly eye-popping they deserve to have some light shone upon their countless interconnected bricks.

Ever since 2002, ex-laywer Sawaya has been creating large-scale sculptures of the human body, everyday objects and real-life constructions, all made entirely out of regular ol’ Lego bricks, and has been showcasing them in museums all across the globe. Currently, he is touring the States and also Australia in a new exhibition, named “The Art of the Brick,” wowing museum-goers worldwide with his magnificent designs. Below is a collection of some of his finest work, but if you want to see more you could go take a look at his official site or even pay one of his exhibitions a visit – just don’t knock any of the pieces over. [Read more…]

Reality Meets Lego Star Wars

His work has been published in national newspapers all over the UK, shown on BBC television, and featured in many magazines all over the world. I’m talking about celebrated artist Mike Stimpson. So, what does he actually do that’s gained him so much popularity in the media? Well, he specializes in taking photos of LEGOs. His latest collection of photos depicts Star Wars Lego characters doing rather unusual things.

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The Top Six Most Audacious Jewellery Heists of the 21st Century

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The likes of George Clooney and Brad Pitt might make it look pretty easy to walk into a casino and escape with $150m, but penetrating the world’s most secure museums and banks to steal priceless gems is, on paper, almost impossible. Yet, they happen every few years and even if the culprits are eventually caught – the gems rarely are. So, how is it that there are so many successful attempts at stealing diamonds? The answer, many people think, is to have someone on the inside, as all but one of these heists illustrate. [Read more…]