Ai Weiwei gifts politically charged “Letgo Room” LEGO installation to the National Gallery in Melbourne

Ai Weiwei Gifts Politically Charged “Letgo Room” to the NGV Melbourne
Ai Weiwei at National Gallery of Victoria exhibition Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei has gifted his major new installation “Letgo Room” 2015 to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The NGV commissioned the work for its Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition which opened on December 11 and continues until April 24, 2016.

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Created using more than two million plastic Lego bricks, the installation comprises twenty portraits Australian activists, advocates and champions of human rights, freedom of speech, freedom of information and freedom of the internet.

Ai established collection points for the Lego bricks around the world earlier in the year, including one at the NGV, after Lego refused to supply him with bricks because the company “cannot approve the use of Legos for political works.”

Portrait subjects include Julian Assange, Geoffrey Robertson QC, Peter Greste, Professor Gillian Triggs, Rosie Batty, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Archie Roach, Julian Burnside AO QC and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, among others from a wide range of different fields.

Constructed on the artist’s behalf by a team of almost 100 local volunteers and arts students, the work “attests to Ai’s long-standing commitment to freedom of expression and human rights,” according to the NGV.

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei includes more 120 than works by Ai Weiwei and over 200 works by Andy Warhol, exploring the full scope of both artists’ practice. The exhibition is presented in association with The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, with the participation of Ai Weiwei Studio.

Artist Profile: Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz with Lego carpets and a hippie dragon

 

The big man of Beijing’s new show fills the former prison with a giant rainbow dragon and Lego models of 175 prisoners of conscience, from Nelson Mandela to Edward Snowden. The artist’s bravery and commitment are extraordinary.

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“With Wind”

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“Trace”

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“Yours Truly”

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“Refraction”

Entrance to the psychiatric observation rooms in the Hospital at Alcatraz, site of the exhibition @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz
“Illumination”

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LEGO builder creates a life-sized statue of anime/Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku

 

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

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Making a life-sized Hatsune Miku statue is not easy. What’s more, it takes time. Lots and lots of time. This, for example, took six months’ worth of work. Hatsune Miku is a virtual idol who also stars in a series of Sega music games.

LEGO builder Chaos Brick documented the construction process. It’s not step by step, or better yet, brick by brick, but the photos are a fascinating look at how the finished piece came together.

 

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

There’s even the gratuitous panty shot. In LEGO. 

LEGO Builder Creates Life-Sized Hatsune Miku Statue

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Kickass LEGO Transformer Turns Into a Game Boy Advance

 

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Kickass LEGO Transformer Turns Into a Game Boy Advance

New York-based LEGO builder Baron von Brunk has a pretty cool and original ongoing series where he builds LEGO consoles with transforming abilities. He made Nintendo 64 and NES Zapper Megatrons, and while we wait for one that can transform into the Nintendo R.O.B., here’s his latest in the form of a Game Boy Advance.

My favorite part of the build is probably the Doom cartridge, renamed to Boom, that can transform into a gun. Check the gallery below and find more pictures on the artist’s site.

 

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Kickass LEGO Transformer Turns Into a Game Boy Advance

Kickass LEGO Transformer Turns Into a Game Boy Advance

Kickass LEGO Transformer Turns Into a Game Boy Advance

Kickass LEGO Transformer Turns Into a Game Boy Advance

Kickass LEGO Transformer Turns Into a Game Boy Advance

Kickass LEGO Transformer Turns Into a Game Boy Advance

Kickass LEGO Transformer Turns Into a Game Boy Advance

Kickass LEGO Transformer Turns Into a Game Boy Advance

 

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Classic Nintendo scenes as LEGO sets

TechnaBob.com:

If you’re a fan of classic 8-bit Nintendo games like Super Mario Bros., and also have a love for LEGO, you might want to vote for these kits I spotted over on LEGO Cuusoo.

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Conceived by Cuusoo contributor Zombieattack, these simple sets would let you recreate classic scenes from NES games including Mario, Donkey Kong, Duck Hunt, Balloon Fight,and others using a mix of standard and custom LEGO blocks.

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Each set would produce a small diorama, with LEGO representing both pixels and individual characters and objects from the games. These sets sort of remind me of the dotgraph kits that Namco released a few years back.

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If you’d like to see these made into actual LEGO sets you can buy, drop by LEGO Cuusoo and show your support. Personally, I’d pay good money just to have that blockheaded dog and some square ducks.

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Amazing LEGO Rapidash Pokémon: Setting Fire to the Bricks

 

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What could be more amazing than a Pokémon whose tail and mane are made of fire? I’m talking about Rapidash of course. Well, since this fiery horse doesn’t really exist, this LEGO version is the best thing ever. It may not be able to run so fast that flames burst from its back and legs, but you can practically see it happening in the image here.

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This amazing LEGO Pokémon was made by Mike Nieves aka Retinence. The look is just amazing. I would love to see a stop-motion LEGO pokemon movie with Mike’s creations.

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