Brick City: Lego for Grown Ups

Brick City: Lego for Grown Ups

Paperback Mitchell Beazley

By (author) Warren Elsmore

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  • Publisher: MITCHELL BEAZLEY
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 230mm x 20mm | 788g
  • Publication date: 5 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184533812X
  • ISBN 13: 9781845338121
  • Illustrations note: over 400 colour photographs and illustrations
  • Sales rank: 29,400

Product description

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 12 global cities and their iconic structures. Each city is examined and recreated in LEGO form. Comprising amazing artwork, exploratory photographs and detailed breakdowns, Brick City looks at the essence of what makes an urban landscape recognizable.

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Author information

Warren Elsmore is an adult fan of LEGO ('AFOL') based in Edinburgh, UK. He's been in love with the plastic brick since the age of four and is now heavily involved in the LEGO fan community as well as working with a number of commercial companies to realise their dreams in plastic. Warren is best known for his model of St Pancras station in London. A 150,000-brick, 4m (131/2ft) long behemoth, this model has been written about in numerous news articles and was the subject of a BBC feature article, alongside Warren's 6m (191/2ft) long model of the Forth Bridge. Warren also organises AFOLCON and The LEGO Show - a dedicated LEGO fan convention, followed by the largest public LEGO event in the UK, which attracts many thousands of fans.

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION; How to follow building guides; LEGO artists and their amazing architectural creations; How to use your pull-out posters; Working with color; Creating texture; Adding architectural components such as glass, windows, tiles and turrets; Scaling down; Adding urban features such as pavements, trees and people; Chapter 1: THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE; The West Coast: San Francisco and Los Angeles, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hollywood sign and the Transamerica Pyramid; Chapter 2: NEW YORK; Includes the World Trade Center and the New York skyline, the Yellow Cab and the American trashcan; Chapter 3: PARIS AND BARCELONA; Includes the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the Sagrada Familia; Chapter 4: ROME AND MOSCOW; Includes the Colosseum, the Red Square and St Basils; Chapter 5: LONDON; Includes The Gherkin, the London bus, the black cab and the London telephone box; Chapter 6: THE MIDDLE EAST; Includes Saudi Arabia's Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Mecca and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai; Chapter 7: HONG KONG; Includes City trams, Hong Kong ferries and the Hong Kong skyline; Chapter 8: BEIJING; Includes the China Central TV Center, The Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China; Chapter 9: AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND; Includes: the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the Auckland Sky Tower, sailboats, bungalows; Chapter 10: LOOKING TO THE FUTURE; Includes buildings of the future and new technology.