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LEGO Sculptures (3-d artwork)

LEGO Sculpture: Green Eggs and Ham

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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]

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LEGO Sculptures (3-d artwork)

Lemon Basset Wedding Cake Topper

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Here is a recent commission I did of a LEGO Lemon Basset Wedding Cake Topper, based on my previous Basset Cake Topper. I hadn’t realized before this one that Bassets come in a variety of “flavors.” 🙂

The key modifications here were to use tan colors instead of browns & blacks,

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LEGO Mosaics

Some Company Logo

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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 …

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LEGO Events

Children’s Event

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Tomorrow, Tuesday August 7th we’ll be doing a free children’s LEGO mosaic build at the Educator’s Marketplace in Greenville, SC.

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LEGO Mosaics

My Favorite Secret Agent — as seen at BrickMagic 2012

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This was probably the most popular LEGO mosaic we did for BrickMagic 2012. Easily recognizable, and from a very popular Disney Channel cartoon. He’s definitely *my* favorite secret agent.

The build is made up of 24 16×16 baseplates built with 2×2 bricks.

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LEGO Mosaics

Every Plumber Needs his Princess!

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This is the princess mosaic we did as a corollary mosaic with Some Italian Plumber. Both of these mosaics were our smallest, at only 3 of the 16×16 baseplates wide by 4 high.

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LEGO Events

Some Italian Plumber — As Seen at BrickMagic 2012

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For this post I’d like to walk you through the LEGO Mosaic Event as much as possible without you stopping by and bricking yourself.

As you approached our table at BrickMagic you would see a bunch of kids (and even some adults) building something. I or one of my assistants would ask, “Would you like to help us build a LEGO Mosaic?” Then we’d hand you a sheet like this:

We’d also hand you a 16×16 baseplate and go over the instructions. “Follow the pattern on the build guide. Use the bricks we’ve got right here — you’ll be building with White, Red, Brown, and Tan. Just make the baseplate look like the picture…this one is one piece to our bigger puzzle that we’re building here …. ‘some italian plumber.'”

We had a bunch of plastic tubs filled with LEGO 2x2s and 2x4s for you to build with. It was neat to see how quickly it made sense to kids, and how much fun they had … playing with someone else’s LEGO toys. 🙂

When they were done with their individual baseplate, it would get added to the bigger puzzle. Some kids were content to move on to see other things, so we’d point out if they stopped back by in a few minutes they could see the finished mosaic. Other kids liked to stay and keep building baseplates until the mosaic they were working on was finished. Still others enjoyed staying through several mosaics. It was a lot of fun! 🙂

Here’s the finished Italian Plumber … do you know this guy?

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LEGO Portraits

Boy in Red

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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.

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LEGO Mosaics

LEGO Portraits: Pinned Heads

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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. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pinhead (accessed: May 16, 2012).

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LEGO Events

The Wicked sMartans

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LEGO has an amazing product line called Mindstorms — programmable robots that you design and build with LEGO parts.  And there are actually quite a few organized competitions and leagues where kids work together to build and program these LEGO mindstorms robots to manage specific challenges. These events are great contributors to kids’ understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Not only are they learning amazing things, but they get to do it with LEGO “toys.”

This past year, one such league chose “The Yellow Brick Road” as their theme … so all teams came up with team-names based on the wizard of oz. One of the teams found my LEGO mosaic “A Wicked Smile” and asked if they could use the image  for their T-shirts. “A Wicked Smile” is my LEGO interpretation of Elphaba’s (the wicked witch of the west) smile from the Broadway musical, Wicked.

The Mindstorms NXT kit can be purchased from LEGO on their website or at your local LEGO Store.