In The Cult of LEGO, Wired's GeekDad blogger John Baichtal and BrickJournal founder Joe Meno take you on a magnificent, illustrated tour of the LEGO® community, its people, and their creations.
The Cult of LEGO introduces us to fans and builders from all walks of life. People like professional LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya; enigmatic Dutch painter Ego Leonard (who maintains that he is, in fact, a LEGO minifig); Angus MacLane, a Pixar animator who builds CubeDudes, instantly recognizable likenesses of fictional characters; Brick Testament creator Brendan Powell Smith, who uses LEGO to illustrate biblical stories; and Henry Lim, whose work includes a series of models recreating M.C. Escher lithographs and a full-scale, functioning LEGO harpsichord.
Marvel at spectacular LEGO creations like:
–A life-sized Stegosaurus and an 80,000-brick T. Rex skeleton
–Detailed microscale versions of landmarks like the Acropolis and Yankee Stadium
–A 22-foot long, 350-pound re-creation of the World War II battleship Yamato
–A robotic, giant chess set that can replay historical matches or take on an opponent
–A three-level, remote-controlled Jawa Sandcrawler, complete with moving conveyor belt
Whether you're a card-carrying LEGO fanatic or just thinking fondly about that dusty box of LEGO in storage, The Cult of LEGO will inspire you to take out your bricks and build something amazing.
“"As much a geek treat of the finest kind as it is a fascinating piece of subcultural anthropology. An essential staple for your favorite nerd's coffee table." —The Atlantic "If we're talking about inspiring the next generation of engineers, flipping through this book would be one way to do it." —MSNBC.com "...A beautiful, coffee-table tome rich with examples of LEGO’s appeal and limitless versatility." —TODAY.com”