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AnOther's Lego Celebration

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Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 in Lego
Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 in Lego © Lego

Celebrating some of Lego's most ingenious creations

Last year a set of Lego ice creams by multimedia artist Henning Birkeland stole our hearts and the Most Loved vote, and since then we've noticed a number of brilliant creations in Lego cropping up all over the place. Finally, the announcement that an exhibition of vast Lego sculptures will go on display at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch this September tipped the balance and confirmed our notion that the time was ripe for a full-blown Lego celebration. Accordingly, we have picked three of our favourite recent Lego moments for your delectation. Each exploiting the endless potential the medium holds, these works prove that Lego holds a charm that extends well beyond childhood.

First up, this series of masterpieces re-rendered in the toy blocks to wonderful, pixelated effect which formed part of an ingenious Lego advertising campaign. Van Gogh has never looked so cubist.

Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait, 1889 in Lego
Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait, 1889 in Lego © Lego
Rene Magritte, The Son of Man, 1946  in Lego
Rene Magritte, The Son of Man, 1946 in Lego © Lego
Grant Wood, American Gothic, 1930 in Lego
Grant Wood, American Gothic, 1930 in Lego © Lego
Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, 1503–1517 in Lego
Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, 1503–1517 in Lego © Lego
A recent collaboration between Harper's Bazaar and Lego spawned four of fashion's favourite designers in mini Lego versions – including Alber Elbaz looking particularly endearing in oversized glittery bow tie and Marc Jacobs complete with stubble and kilt.
Karl Lagerfeld in Lego
Karl Lagerfeld in Lego © Lego x Harper's Bazaar
Marc Jacobs in Lego
Marc Jacobs in Lego © Lego x Harper's Bazaar
Donatella Versace in Lego
Donatella Versace in Lego © Lego x Harper's Bazaar
Alber Elbaz in Lego
Alber Elbaz in Lego © Lego x Harper's Bazaar
Finally, we're besotted by these inspired Lego recreations of famous album artworks by artist Aaron Savage, which see Grace Jones doing her thing (albeit in a somewhat more static manner) and an aptly serious Lego soldier fronting The Smith's Meat is Murder. 
Grace Jones, Island Life
Grace Jones, Island Life © Aaron Savage
Blondie, Parallel Lines
Blondie, Parallel Lines © Aaron Savage
The Velvet Underground and Nico
The Velvet Underground and Nico © Aaron Savage
Nirvana, Nevermind
Nirvana, Nevermind © Aaron Savage
The Smiths, Meat Is Murder
The Smiths, Meat Is Murder © Aaron Savage
John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Unfinished Music No 1
John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Unfinished Music No 1 © Lego

Text by Daisy Woodward

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