Just in time for Halloween … I got in a large order of dark gray 2x4s. Wasn’t originally sure what I wanted to do with them, but as they came in just a few days before Halloween, I got to thinking about how perfect they would be for a tombstone. And what better thing to bury than the tragedy that has been the year 2020. RIP 2020!

I started with working out how the letters would look. I wanted them to seem like they were “etched into the stone”, but also legible. If I’d just made the “etch” as all dark gray as well, the words wouldn’t stand out in the final model.

A progress pick with the basic boundaries of the width and the indentation of the front that I’d envisioned. I finished it off (top) with some cobwebs and spiders. 

Lego Green Eggs and Ham by Duckingham Design
Lego Green Eggs and Ham by Duckingham Design
Lego Green Eggs and Ham by Duckingham Design

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s 109th birthday (Saturday, March 2, 2013) , I present this life-size LEGO sculpture of Green Eggs and Ham — admittedly one of my all time favorite books. 🙂

Read more about Theodor Seuss Geisel on Wikipedia at or check out the fun at Seussville.

[Note: this post was originally published March 1, 2009]


The LEGO company logo (above in LEGO) — though this is not the complete square of the recognizable logo, it is enough of the whole to “give it away.”  For all of my LEGO mosaics that I have kids build at events, there can be a “small mosaic” and a “large mosaic.” Here is my son building the smaller version:

This was the biggest LEGO mosaic for kids that we built at BrickMagic 2012; we also did this mosaic for the Children’s Event at the Educators Marketplace yesterday.

It was 8 16×16 plates wide and 4 high. The image above is the smaller original version that served as the initial pattern for the bigger one pictured below.  This mosaic has pretty good recognition once you have most of the top or bottom row on there so that kids can start seeing the outlines of the letters. And, of course, I’m doing these at LEGO fan events, so it’s not like “LEGO” isn’t already on everyone’s mind. That helps. 🙂

You may note some discrepancies between the mosaic above from the one below — there are always some quality control issues when you have a large number of kids (and even adults) simultaneously building and submitting quadrants of a mosaic. In this case there were several “QC issues” I didn’t notice before taking the picture.

But here it is all cleaned up with all the right bricks in all the right places …


This smart kid comes from one of our family’s favorite tv shows. If you visited our event on Saturday at BrickMagic, we only attempted to put Phineas together once, before we realized that I had miscalculated the number of light blue pieces I needed for the background. 🙁 Fortunately, a trip to the Raleigh LEGO Store that evening ensured that Phineas was buildable for Sunday’s event.

As with yesterday’s famous frog, this mosaic was built as a puzzle from smaller 16×16 baseplates that kids got to build and help us put the bigger mosaic together.


Here’s a recent portrait I was commissioned to do for this young man’s bar mitzvah. He is a big fan of LEGO, and will very soon enter the world of “TFOLs” (teen fans of LEGO). This project was a bit different in that he wanted to be able to build the mosaic himself. So I did the design work, assembled the LEGO bricks, put together a little instruction booklet, and shipped the package off.


pinhead* –noun
1. the head of a pin.
2. something very small or insignificant.
3. Slang . a stupid person; nitwit.
pinned head -noun
1. the face of a minifig appearing “pinned” on a backboard, particularly as portrayed in the form of a LEGO mosaic

I recently wondered how it would look to do a series of portraits of LEGO minifig faces, peeling away the normal look and shape of a minifig head, and concentrating on the face.  This series is the result.

So, does this make me a pinhead (definition #3 above) for making pinned heads? 😀

* pinhead. Unabridged. Random House, Inc. (accessed: May 16, 2012).