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Jeff Friesen LEGO Artwork  Following the #LEGO brick road. Commissions, questions, and comments are all welcomed at: jeff@jefffriesen.art

This @lego microcity is inspired by the architecture of Santiago Calatrava, who is also a sculptor and painter. Santiago Calatrava buildings and bridges seamlessly blend artistry with advanced engineering techniques to create organic forms with steel and concrete. I hope you enjoy this plastic brick homage. #lego #legoart #legophotography #instalego #legostagram #toyphotography #diorama #legoarchitecture #architecturelovers #santiagocalatrava #miniature #afol

Welcome to Tetropolis, where the city core was designed by an enthusiastic but not particularly adept Tetris playing architect. #lego #legostagram #legoarchitecture #legophotography #legocity #toyphotography #tetris #diorama #miniature #cityscape #8bit #afol

This near-future city features the next generation of Hyperloop technology called the Hamster Tube. Hamster Tubers travel in spheres with gyroscopic seating. Thrill seeking commuters can turn off the gyroscopes for a roller coaster style experience. #lego #legoart #legophotography #instalego #toyphotography #diorama #cityscape #legostagram #legoarchitecture #architecturelovers #future #miniature

Here is another remake of an earlier build. Figuring out new window techniques is always a challenge in microscale. The building on the far left uses the back of jumper plates that are attached to a 2 x 6 plate, which is then attached to the back of an internal headlight brick. #lego #legophotography #toyphotography #studiophotography #legoarchitecture #legomania #legostagram #legoart #design #diorama

First I'd like to share some news that also explains my long absence from IG. A lot of you have been in touch with me about getting instructions for the microcity builds. I'm happy to report a book of instructions will be released this fall! Many of the cities have been rebuilt with subtle improvements, including this steampunk/Industrial Age 20 x 20 scene. The building on the right is inspired by a pipe organ, and plays music through its tuned chimneys. #lego #legophotography #legostagram #legoart #legoarchitecture #steampunk #industrial #design #legomoc

Thanks so much for following my LEGO mega microscale city project in 2017, and best wishes for 2018! #lego #legostagram #legoarchitecture #afol #legoideas #legomania #diorama #toyphotography #studiophotography #2017bestnine

Limitations encourage creative thinking, which is why these microscale cities have the self-imposed constraint of a 20 x 20 base. This build, however, made me realize I am fooling myself as far as limitations are concerned. A mathematician recently calculated that six 2 x 4 @lego bricks can be put together in almost 1 billion different combinations. This Habitat 67 inspired city is made of 27 cubes, which presumably have billions of different ways to fit together. It turns out the main limitation here is the human life span.

Look closely and you'll notice the main building is help up on a mere 5 posts. It's all linked together and surprisingly sturdy, but when it falls the whole thing goes down. Next time the landscaping will be in place before the buildings are.😬 #lego #legoarchitecture #afol #legoart #legostagram #legomania #afol #legomoc #art_chitecture_ #creative_architecture #brutalism #toyphotography #diorama #brickcentral #designideas

This is a remake of an earlier build, now with 3 times your recommended daily intake of pearl gold bricks. Pearl gold comes in so many useful shapes for microscale building it's hard to resist the Midas touch . #lego #legoart #legoarchitecture #legostagram #legoideas #architecture #diorama #toyphotography #toyartistry_lego #cityscape #afol #legomoc #legomania

Think of the world's great cities and you'll soon have bridges spanning your mind. This LEGO city, which rose from a 20 x 20 LEGO stud base, was designed around the suspension bridge. The bridge is made with uncommon "dark orange" colored bricks. In fact, most of this build's colors would be unfamiliar to my childhood self. One day I will build a bridge to my LEGO past, which will end in a city made of 2 x 4 bricks in Mondrian primary colors. #lego #legoart #legofan #legostagram #legoarchitecture #legomania #legophotography #toyphotography #toyslagram_lego #architecture #artdeco #bridge #maquette #moc #afol #cityscape #brickcentral

Believe it or not, this scene began as an homage to Miami's Art Deco waterfront. Then, after experimenting with a limited collection of light azure bricks, the building on the right came into form. It's near-future design changed the entire build's direction. The key problem of a near-future theme is resisting the temptation to include a monorail, as there was one in my last MOC. My view of monorails is very much in line with The Simpsons monorail episode (season 4 episode 12). These days, however, monorails are overshadowed by the impending Hyperloop. The @lego Hyperloop you see here is made with 10 minifig life preservers and held up with R2-D2's legs. #lego #legoarchitecture #legoart #legostagram #afol #moc #legophotography #architecture #hyperloop #design #brickcentral #bricknetwork #toyphotography #toyslagram_lego #cityscape #legomania

First of all, I want to thank you all for the amazing support of my last build! This new one is inspired by Zaha Hadid, who designed breathtaking buildings with graceful organic curves and a restrained, often white, color palette. As many of you know, organic curves are not always a great match for geometrically perfect LEGO bricks. I gathered every curved white brick I have in a pile and put them together in somewhat random configurations. Over time the haphazard constructions evolved into what you see here. It was like chicken scratches slowly taking the form of a balanced drawing. #lego #legoarchitecture #architecture #zahahadid #legoart #legostagram #legomania #toyphotography #toyslagram_lego #legophotography #afol #toystagram #diorama #studiophotography #future #utopia

I first saw the new LEGO curved tiles being used in a font making contest online. The fonts were fantastic, but I immediately imagined the tiles as elevated highways in a microscale city. This city was built around such a highway, with a traffic plan based more on aesthetics than logic. Maybe that happens in real life as well. The futuristic Art Deco architectural style developed organically to compliment the infrastructure. (I don't plan these builds in advance). #lego #moc #brickcentral #legoart #legostagram #legocity #legoarchitecture #brickcentral #skyline #toyphotography #toyslagram_lego #diorama #art #design #afol #studiophotography #architecture #artdeco #skyscrapers #photography

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