For decades LEGO bricks have helped to expand the creative minds of children (and some adults!) across the globe. Often perceived as nothing more than plastic building blocks, they are an ever-growing source of contemporary mosaic art.
Mosaic artwork has been around for centuries, yet artists continue to find new and intriguing design ideas. Take a look at our pick of colour LEGO mosaics that defines a simplistic yet intricate composition.
LEGO – A brief history
A company that needs no introduction, Danish giant LEGO was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. Over the last 90 years, the company has grown to become one of the most popular toy brands in history. However, the famous bricks themselves weren’t created until 1958.
Since then LEGO has twice been awarded as “Toy of the century”, certifying it as a global powerhouse. It has been estimated that 7 LEGO sets are sold by retailers across the world every second.
Today LEGO mosaics are nothing new, becoming a popular art craft across the internet. From portraits to sculptures, LEGO art has quickly been established as a popular craft.
Their interlocking mechanism blocks unlock endless design possibilities, making them a perfect alternative to mosaic tiles. Here is a selection of mosaic portraits made entirely from LEGO bricks you’re sure to enjoy!
LEGO Mosaic portraits – Keith Orlando
Photographer/engineer Keith Orlando has a history of creating epic LEGO creations. At age 13, he won a national LEGO competition by building a cruise ship with LEGO bricks. These stunning mosaic portraits depict Breaking Bad’s Walter White & Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.
From afar, these images don’t do justice to Keith’s effort, completely devising these portraits from tiny individual LEGO studs.
Starry Night – Ed Hall
How do you encapsulate one of Van Gogh’s greatest masterpieces? By transforming it into LEGO! This remarkable recreation was carried out by Ed Hall in the spring of 2001. Upon its completion several months later, it took approximately ten thousand bricks to complete.
The painstaking process was made up of individual red, blue, yellow, white, black and green bricks, but certainly worth it!
The Child Mosaic – Brent Waller
Whether known as ‘Baby Yoda’ or by his later revealed name ‘Grogu’, the star of The Mandalorian has found a place in the hearts of millions. Australian LEGO Designer Brent Waller created this incredible mosaic for his son’s birthday – which we’re sure he loved!
What’s even clever is the inclusion of a Baby Yoda minifigure added just near the centre of his forehead!
Rainbow mosaic – Steve Wiskin
Etsy seller Steve Wiskin has created this stunning rainbow effect through a unique blend of LEGO pieces. This colourful assortment of bricks creates a stunning mosaic design that helps it stand out from the rest of these amazing artworks.
The beauty of LEGO mosaics is the freedom of expression and colour available, allowing you to create almost any design.
So if you’re looking for a unique decoration to display one of the feature walls of your home, be sure to check this piece out for yourself!
Minnie the French Bulldog – Andy Bach
The beauty of mosaics is that you can use almost any material to create all kinds of images – including man’s best friend! Artist U.S Andy Bach creates eye-catching artworks through the use of LEGO Bricks.
As seen in the video below, it takes time and dedication to create these mosaics. Although, it’s certainly rewarding when you take a glance at the finished product.
It’s safe to say that LEGO & mosaics go hand in hand, be sure to check the many other brilliant artworks across the internet and social media.
Who knows? Perhaps these fantastic pieces could inspire you to dig out your old LEGO sets to create a design of your own!