Brick City: Lego for Grown Ups (Anglais) Flexibound – 6 mai 2013
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'AFOL (adult fans of LEGO) are on the rise and we reckon there will be a few more after people see Warren Elsmore's new book Brick City: LEGO for Grown Ups where he painstakingly creates international landmarks and shows you step by step guides of how to do the same.' -- Time Out
'Comprising amazing artwork, exploratory photographs and detailed breakdowns, Brick City looks at the essence of what makes an urban landscape recognizable.' --Gizmodo.com
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While to many, LEGO bricks are 'just a toy', to an ever-growing army of fans they provide a challenging and enjoyable modelling medium.
These fans, calling themselves 'AFOLs', or Adult Fans of LEGO, have taken it upon themselves to recreate local landmarks using just the bricks that you may find at a local store.
LEGO models created by adult fans, however, don't resemble those that many people created as a child. Created by masters of their medium, these fabulously detailed models may contain thousands of pieces - or perhaps just a handful. Either way, the talented artists have an intimate knowledge of every piece and colour available. Skilfully choosing the ideal piece to recreate a well-known landmark, they may create a model indistinguishable from the real thing, or evoke the spirit of a building in just a few small pieces.
In fact, landmarks and cityscapes - from the New York skyline to the Sagrada Familia, London's St Pancras and the amazing towers of Beijing and Hong Kong - have long been a source of inspiration for LEGO builders.
In this book, LEGO artist Warren Elsmore takes us on a world tour and explores more than 30 global cities and their iconic structures. Below are just some of many cities featured:
- San Francisco
- Las Vegas
- New York City
- Rio de Janeiro
- Cape Town
- And many more...
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The bigger models are just stunning. And the 2 huge fold-out poster are a nice bonus.
Can't recommend it enough, for beginners as well as advanced Lego aficionados.
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This book focuses on real world icons from major cities across the world. The book mostly focuses on architecture but there are models of other things that you might find in a particular major city like a New York hot dog stand or a London phone booth. The author also features mosaic artwork and LEGO models in different scales (mini, minifig, mega(?), etc)
If you're a big LEGO fan you've probably already seen tons of examples of what creativity and LEGO bricks can bring. What this book might add to that is just how some of these models are done. Step-by-step instructions are given for some of the models presented. Mostly these are mini-scale models, facades or a standalone tower. I like this because it helps me picture how some of the models are created and new techniques to learn. Larger structures in the book, of course, do not have instructions but I feel that if you had the bricks, the time and creativity the book would be a good tool in achieving grander scale projects. With just over 250 pages and dozens of models to build, the instructions are not quite as detailed or step-by-step as your usual LEGO instructions. The instructions are condensed so that several layers of bricks are applied in each step. The instructions are also a bit small so it's difficult to see all the details but you still get the general idea. Older children and teenagers can manage.
For parents and children: you only have to look at the cover of the book to realize that this is meant for serious builders and LEGO collectors. A starter bucket of LEGO bricks will not be enough to pursue most of the projects presented in the book. It's a great source of inspiration but it does require a fair amount of bricks that may be difficult to acquire off retail shelves.
Overall, a great buy. I'm a huge collector of LEGO (and books about LEGO) and this is a great buy for older LEGO fans and serious builders. My only complaint is that the pages could have been bigger to accommodate more detail in the instructions.
Imagine my delight when I stumbled - literally - on a particular title giving step-by-step directions on building famous landscapes found throughout the world. That's what Brick City is about. Some of the constructions included in this book will have step-by-step guidance for your child to follow while others will only show the incredible details included in the buildings. Not only will you get the step-by-step instructions but you also get a list of the bricks needed to make the building.
While flipping the pages of this book, I also discovered that the Montreal Biodome and the St. Joseph's Oratory has been made in Lego. What a surprised it was to see two of the famous landmarks of my birthplace. The models have various sizes going from a scale of 5 cm to 122 cm tall.
At the beginning of the book, the child or Lego fan can read more about how building were made at the scale for Lego. You will also get a small introduction on how CAD Modeling is used for this kind of Lego creations. The reader will also get some building tips, a practice project , mosaic techniques, and a choice of projects to complete within the book.
Needless to say that I am very impressed with this book and I know that some brick builders in this household will have a blast exploring and creating their own famous icons from around the world. Would you believe me if I tell you you can build Marilyn Monroe above the subway vent with her skirt flowing around? Yes it's in the book along with instructions to build the famous Red Phone Box in London and other famous places. Also enclosed with the book are two dramatic posters featuring LEGO® model photos of architectural world landmarks.
So if you have an avid brick builder in your household, I strongly recommend the book Brick City to you. It is packed with interesting projects and will allow your child (or Lego fan) to explored a new level of construction. This book would make a perfect birthday gift or a Christmas surprise under the tree.
The author includes advice on how and where to purchase LEGO at reasonable prices, construction techniques, and color blending.
There are photos of the finished LEGO models, instructional diagrams, and commentary on the construction of many of the models.
Some of my favorites are the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign, the Chrysler Building (New York), St. Pancras Station (London), and the Pearl Tower (Shanghai). There are also very cool "little" things, like a New York Taxi, San Francisco Cable Car, and a Parisian Cafe.
This is a very cool book. Even if you never actually build the projects (although I can't imagine why not), you will still enjoy reading through it over and over again.
Warren combines his talents with other LEGO model builders to recreate various iconic buildings, scenes, and locations from around the world. Using all the various LEGO bricks, plates, hinges, and other official pieces, they build structures like the Effiel Tower, Westminster Abbey, the Empire State building, and my favorite, St. Pancras Station. The attention to detail is stunning, and the challenges faced in creating these models is similar to the issues an architect would encounter when designing a building.
It's not just the buildings, either. There are also scenes that are humorous, such as the Red Carpet on Oscar Night. The Rio Carnival scene is wonderfully detailed, with minifigs decked out in full Carnival outfits and headpieces. If you grew up thinking that LEGO was nothing more than the 2 x 4 bricks, you're in for a major shock.
While much of the book is given over to models built on a grand scale, there are also numerous smaller items that have part lists and instructions on how to build them yourself. You may not be able to build the Olympic Stadium from the 2012 London Olympics, but you could easily have your own English red phone box or Cape Town Green Point lighthouse.
Having known Warren and his wife Kitty for a number of years, it's been fun to watch them turn a hobby and passion into something that's become a lifestyle, with their creations making appearances in numerous international locations. If you're at all interested in LEGO and the possibilities it provides, Brick City is highly recommended.
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