The competition launched at the beginning of October, asking builders to assemble what art means to them. The five winning entries will go on display at the new LEGO Campus at the home of the brick in Billund, Denmark.
With just over a week to go, we’ve looked through the current crop of entries and picked out our favourites.
Curves and Colors
BrickFan80 has put their own spin on the LEGO Group’s range of mosaics with this colourful creation. It’s ostensibly two-dimensional, with only a few layers of plates and tiles, and sits on a 32×32 baseplate. But its use of colour is terrific, showing off the wide variety of curved tiles the LEGO Group has released in recent years.
Still life is one of the classic starting points for any budding artist, which lends a wonderful universality to InnaAleshina‘s entry. These flowers rest against a grey baseplate, but they’re very much a three-dimensional design. That gives them the impression of bursting out of the frame, adding some LEGO tangibility to an otherwise traditional work of art.
The Impossible Triangle
Is this image hurting your brain as much as it’s hurting ours? ABS Constructor‘s LEGO recreation of The Impossible Triangle is a seriously impressive feat of engineering, and just as mind-melting as the original optical illusion. If you want to peek behind the curtain, head over to the entry page. But if you’d rather just be wowed even more, take note: all three sides of the triangle are different lengths. Colour us bemused.
Brick on the Mind
YGREKLEGO apparently wanted to capture “the moment of inspiration” with their artwork. And we reckon they nailed it. Nestled among the rainbow of colour is a barrage of eclectic elements, showcasing the diversity of the current part catalogue, and illustrating that moment of inspiration within the LEGO vacuum. This is LEGO art for anyone who’s ever looked at a smattering of loose parts, and instantly dreamed up a thousand different uses for them.
Putting 2 Pieces of Plastic Together
Look, if the Tate Modern can hang up an IKEA mirror and call it art, then this is definitely art. And who are we to argue otherwise? As creator MOCingbird notes, “Anything built of LEGO is art. No matter if you put together 100 or 10,000 pieces, it all starts with the first two.” There’s genuinely something to be said for its simplicity, and honestly, we’d just love to see the LEGO Group scale it up for an art installation in Billund.
Head to the LEGO Ideas contest page to check out all the entries so far. And if you want to take part, there’s still time: it’s open through November 3, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. EST. If you need some inspiration, you can pick up the full range of LEGO Art sets at LEGO.com right now. Alternatively, check out these incredible remixes of the official sets.