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Banksy’s Art Installations Recreated with LEGOS in ‘Bricksy’ Series

By Hanssie on June 3rd 2014

UK based Banksy is known for his art installations all over the world. As a graffiti artist, painter, activist, and filmmaker, he was also one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010, sharing the spotlight with the likes of Steve Jobs and President Obama. His art is satirical in nature with an underlying political and social commentary stenciled on walls, bridges and streets.

Jeff Friesen is an award winning photographer with an impressive list of credentials and his work has been seen in publications all around the world. All of Jeff’s work begin as personal projects, and in the past, we’ve featured some of his work from his miniature train series through Canada.

[REWIND: INSPIRED IMAGES: AN ENCHANTING MINIATURE TRAIN JOURNEY THROUGH CANADA]

Jeff’s most recent series combines the work of Banksy with a personal project he shares with his daughter. In the summer, Jeff and his daughter play together. Last year, while playing with the toy of choice, LEGOs, Jeff set up a table top photo “studio,” made toy dioramas out of their LEGO creations and began photographing them. And “The Brick Fantastic” was born. “The Brick Fantastic” is a website devoted solely to Jeff’s LEGO dioramas – “The Great LEGO North,” which pays homage to his Canadian roots, “The 50 States of LEGO,” which is set to be released as a book this fall and his new series, “Bricksy: LEGO Banksy.”

This series was spun off of another LEGO series Friesen was working on, LEGO London. He wanted to recreate one of Banksy’s artworks, but couldn’t decide on which, so a completely separate series was born. In this “unauthorized, underground LEGO street art” series, “Bricksy,”  Jeff reimagines some very recognizable Banksy pieces and adds his own clever extensions to the scene. For example, in the familiar Balloon Girl image below, Jeff sets the scene around her with buildings, bricks and a pressure gauge.

(In each image, Banksy’s original art can be seen in the corner).

Balloon Girl   There is always hope. Especially if you tie it to your wrist.

Balloon Girl
There is always hope. Especially if you tie it to your wrist.

Banana Pulp Fiction Never bring a gun to a fruit fight.

Banana Pulp Fiction
Never bring a gun to a fruit fight.

Photo Opportunity There's got to be an angle of Big Ben the world hasn't seen, though it's not for lack of trying. 

Photo Opportunity
There’s got to be an angle of Big Ben the world hasn’t seen, though it’s not for lack of trying.

Bouquet Thrower Strong-arm Flower Delivery specializes in tragically forbidden love.

Bouquet Thrower
Strong-arm Flower Delivery specializes in tragically forbidden love.

 Keep It Real Say yes to your inner monkey.


Keep It Real
Say yes to your inner monkey.

Like a Rat on a Wire Experts say that in London you are never less than 12 meters away from a tightrope-walking rat.

Like a Rat on a Wire
Experts say that in London you are never less than 12 meters away from a tightrope-walking rat.

Old Skool You never really know who your future self is going to be. It's probably better that way.

Old Skool
You never really know who your future self is going to be. It’s probably better that way.

Maid in London Secret sweeper.

Maid in London
Secret sweeper.

Just Following Orders The Royal Urban Stencil Regiment is a secret branch of the Queen's Guard. Their ritual "nicking of the spray paint" is a rarely photographed ceremony in London hardware shops.

Just Following Orders
The Royal Urban Stencil Regiment is a secret branch of the Queen’s Guard. Their ritual “nicking of the spray paint” is a rarely photographed ceremony in London hardware shops.

The Mother of Anarchy Raising a well-presented anarchist has never been easier in these tumultuous times. 

The Mother of Anarchy
Raising a well-presented anarchist has never been easier in these tumultuous times.

Haring Terrier Keith Haring's successes as a dog breeder are overshadowed by his achievements in the art world.

Haring Terrier
Keith Haring’s successes as a dog breeder are overshadowed by his achievements in the art world.

To see more of Jeff Friesen’s LEGO series, check out The Brick Fantastic website and his other work on his regular website here.

CREDITS: All photographs by Jeff Friesen are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[via FastCo]

 

 

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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  1. Greg Faulkner

    lol funny

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  2. Jacob Jexmark

    Haha loved these :)

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  3. Bokeh Monk

    Kinda disappointed there where no Lego nude figure studies !

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