15 of the Best Sculptures Made With LEGO Bricks
The only limit to what you can build out of LEGO blocks is your imagination. To fully illustrate this, we've found 15 of the best sculptures made with LEGO bricks out there. Some of these are absolutely incredible and actually hold some world records.
The following list of incredible LEGO projects is far from exhaustive and is in no particular order.
1. This is the tallest LEGO structure (tower) in the world
Amount of LEGO pieces used: 500,000 +
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
The LEGO project was undertaken to honor an 8-year-old cancer patient Omer Sayag who had lost his battle with the disease.
Although claimed to be the tallest tower, the current official record holder is in Milan, Italy. Fittingly, the tower is actually named after him and is an incredible feat of LEGO-building.
2. LEGOland decided to swap a real Volvo car for a LEGO sculpture, just for kicks
Amount of LEGO pieces used: 200,000 +
Location: California, U.S.
In 2011, LEGOland decided to play a prank on their unsuspecting General Manager by swapping their real Volvo XC60 for a near-perfect LEGO sculpture replica of a Volvo XC90. He was amazed to return to his beloved transport to find that it had been replaced with a lifesize scale LEGO model.
The incredibly detailed model is a true work of art and weighed in at a whopping 1 tonne. It was so heavy it required the use of a forklift truck to put it into place.
3. This artist actually creates pieces of art using LEGO bricks
Amount of LEGO pieces used: Varies but the largest (Mona Lisa) consumed 30,000 bricks
Location: Eric Harshbarger is based in Alabama in the U.S.
Artist Eric Harshbarger creates amazing mosaics and other pieces of artwork using his skill and LEGO pieces alone. As if this isn't specialized enough, he focuses on recreating famous works of art in LEGO form.
His largest work to date, the Mona Lisa, used only six basic colors to create. Eric has an enormous portfolio of amazing LEGO mosaics, LEGO sculptures, and many more. You can even commission him to build one for you.
4. This Tower Bridge replica is a Guinness World Record Winning LEGO structure
Amount of LEGO pieces used: Roughly 6 million bricks (5,805,846)
Build duration: 1 year
Location: Paddington Hall, United Kingdom
In 2016 Landrover approached Bright Bricks to create the largest LEGO sculpture ever attempted. But wait, there's more.
The proposal was to build a replica model of Tower Bridge and they wanted to be able to drive a Land Rover Discovery over the structure when completed.
It took the team many millions of bricks, 1 year, and a hell of a lot of hard work to complete the structure. For their efforts, the team was rightfully awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest LEGO sculpture.
5. This futuristic LEGO map of Japan is incredible
Amount of LEGO pieces used: 1.8 million bricks
5,000 Japanese students in six different workshops managed to build an incredible futuristic map of Japan. So-called Project Build-up Japan was sponsored by LEGO to celebrate its 50th-year presence in Japan.
It's not an exact replica of Japan but more of a conceptual model for the possible future topography of the nation. Built almost entirely out of ivory colored blocks, it is an eerily beautiful prediction of the future.
6. These incredibly spooky houses are a sight to behold
Amount of LEGO pieces used: Varies but some use as many as 130,000 bricks
Build duration: Varies but 'Three-storey Victorian with Tree' took 450 hours to build
Mike Doyle is an incredible LEGO sculptor who builds incredibly realistic models of Victorian-style houses that are absolutely stunning in their attention to detail. Each of his abandoned houses is meant to represent nature's ability to ruin anything a man can build.
It's amazing to think that each and every one of his abandoned house sculptures are made exclusively out of plastic LEGO bricks.
7. This school has one of its wall clad in LEGO!
Amount of LEGO pieces used: 1,263,801
Location: Cowley St. Laurence Church of England Primary School and Children’s Centre in Hillingdon, Greater London
The architects for the Cowley St. Laurence CoE Primary School wanted the school's children to take part in the design of their school. They decided to recruit children, parents, and teachers to help build one facade of the building out of LEGO bricks.
The final result is 2,690 ft2 (250 m2)of LEGO awesomeness that has a patent-pending for the LEGO build process used.
8. This sculpture holds the Guinness World Record for the largest LEGO ship
Amount of LEGO pieces used: 2.5 Million bricks +
Build duration: 2 months by more than 1,000 builders
Location: Hong Kong
The entire model weighs 2.8 tonnes and measures 27 ft (8.44 m) long, 4.36 ft (1.33 m) wide, and 5 ft (1.53 m) tall.
9. This LEGO Mario is super awesome
Amount of LEGO pieces used: 30,000 +
Build duration: 160 Hours +
Location: The Netherlands
This giant LEGO statue of Mario is both awe-inspiring and has brought some good to the world. It was sold to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald Foundation in the Netherlands back in 2009 for around $3,700.
This charity raises money to supply proper housing for relatives of hospitalized children, in the vicinity of clinics.
10. This giant LEGO robot sculpture is awe-inspiring
Amount of LEGO pieces used: 2.8 Million Bricks
Location: Minnesota Mall of America
Called Herobot Nine Thousand, this robot sculpture is one of the most impressive LEGO structures of all time. It stands at about 38ft (11.6 meters) and weighing in at 6 tons it's a real testament to the talent of its builders.
Frankly, you'd be amazed it isn't the 'Real McCoy'.
11. This Life-size LEGO house is the dream home for any LEGO-lover
Amount of LEGO pieces used: 3.3 Million Bricks
Location: Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey (Formerly)
This incredible life-size LEGO house took 1,000 volunteers to build the 19.6 ft (6 meter) tall house. James May, of Top Gear fame, helped organize the construction with the help of 1,000 volunteer builders.
Although not entirely practical as a home it was situated in the middle of a vineyard. Despite this, it was later demolished as no buyer could be found, but hey, it did have a working toilet and shower and its own LEGO key.
The bricks were given away to charity following the building's demolition.
12. This giant LEGO Pharoah is truly incredible
Amount of LEGO pieces used: 200,000 +
Build duration: 5 Months
Location: Legoland Windsor, Windsor, UK
Weighing more than 1 ton this giant LEGO Pharaoh was made in the Czech Republic but has since found its home in the UK. To make this journey, it was transported by truck and floated down the Thames.
It was commissioned to be part of a new £3 Million attraction at LEGOland Windsor to form part of the Kingdom of the Pharoah's display at the park. It took four modelers only five months to complete and traveled over 1394 miles (2245 km) from the Czech Republic.
13. This model of the USS Intrepid is a LEGO builder's fantasy
Amount of LEGO pieces used: 250,000 +
Build duration: 600 hours
Location: Artist lives in Portsmouth, UK
This cool LEGO build is one of the biggest, and most impressive, LEGO ships ever made. Built at a scale of 1:40, it's as close to the actual famous WW2 aircraft carrier as it gets.
Built by LEGO artist and enthusiast David Dement, it measures in at over 21 ft (6.7 meters) and was inspired by his trip to the real one. It is complete with movable gun turrets, scale-model aircraft, and even crew escape rafts.
Not only that but David built a working elevator from the main hanger to the main deck.
14. This 1:1 scale LEGO model of an X-Wing is truly out of this world
Amount of LEGO pieces used: 5.3 Million Bricks +
Build duration: 17,366 hours
Location: Artist lives in Portsmouth, UK
The entire construction weighs 20.8 tonnes. It is 11 ft (3.35 meters) tall, 43 ft (13.1 m) long, and took 32 builders around 4 months to finish.
In theory (if you can get permission), you could even sit inside the cockpit and re-live your childhood ambitions of being Luke Skywalker or Biggs Darklighter (who are we kidding?).
15. These shadow art LEGO sculptures need to be seen to be believed
Amount of LEGO pieces used: Varies but some as many as 41,000 bricks
Location: Artist lives in Chicago
Artist John V. Muntean is an incredible LEGO builder who makes models whose actual form is only realized once the model is backlit. His 'Magic Angle Sculptures' are a truly unique and fascinating use of these humble little plastic building blocks.
Each model uses light and movement to change the apparent amorphous masses of plastic into beautifully detailed shadow art. Some even contain three or more different images depending on the orientation of the model to the light source.
BONUS - Nathan Sawaya is an incredible LEGO sculptor
Amount of LEGO pieces used: Varies but "Yellow" consumed 11,014 bricks. "Rebirth of New Orleans" consumed an amazing 120,000 + bricks.
Build duration: Varies, but usually days. "Rebirth of New Orleans" took several weeks.
Location: Artist lives in New York City
Nathan Sawaya is a truly incredible LEGO artist. He specializes in creating human sculptures out of LEGO and each one of his creations starts out with a hand-drawn concept. He is probably best known for his work "Yellow" which represents his move from the corporate world to a LEGO artist.
Another one of his famous works is the "Rebirth of New Orleans", which was commissioned to commemorate the rebirth of the city after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
And, as they say, that is all folks.