It always amazes me how a "toy" like LEGO captures the imagination of children and adults alike. And for some, LEGO is the building block for some truly incredible creations. Warren Elsmore is one of those people, and his book Brick City: Global Icons to Make from LEGO shows what's possible with those little plastic bricks and studs. I'm in awe...
Warren combines his talents with other LEGO model builders to recreate various iconic buildings, scenes, and locations from around the world. Using all the various LEGO bricks, plates, hinges, and other official pieces, they build structures like the Effiel Tower, Westminster Abbey, the Empire State building, and my favorite, St. Pancras Station. The attention to detail is stunning, and the challenges faced in creating these models is similar to the issues an architect would encounter when designing a building.
It's not just the buildings, either. There are also scenes that are humorous, such as the Red Carpet on Oscar Night. The Rio Carnival scene is wonderfully detailed, with minifigs decked out in full Carnival outfits and headpieces. If you grew up thinking that LEGO was nothing more than the 2 x 4 bricks, you're in for a major shock.
While much of the book is given over to models built on a grand scale, there are also numerous smaller items that have part lists and instructions on how to build them yourself. You may not be able to build the Olympic Stadium from the 2012 London Olympics, but you could easily have your own English red phone box or Cape Town Green Point lighthouse.
Having known Warren and his wife Kitty for a number of years, it's been fun to watch them turn a hobby and passion into something that's become a lifestyle, with their creations making appearances in numerous international locations. If you're at all interested in LEGO and the possibilities it provides, Brick City is highly recommended.
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Warren Elsmore is a LEGO modeler who has worked with several commercial companies in the United Kingdom, building plastic models to help them visualize their conceptions. As a hobbyist, he is best known for his 13 1/2-foot-long LEGO model of London's famous St. Pancras railroad station.