Top 10 – Best Lego Contemporary Art Masterpieces

Lego is a fun and versatile medium for expression and with it several artists have taken to task the recreation of famous works of art. Here is a selection of our top ten favourites. The top six were created by ‘The Little Artists’, John Cake and Darren Neave, who create versions of well known contemporary artworks and art personalities in miniature using Lego bricks.Their work has been collected by Charles Saatchi. They studied Fine Art at Leeds University and have been collecting Lego for over 20 years. Cake & Neave buy all the new sets of Lego that are produced and also buy off the internet. A figure of Dali, for example, was made by combining the Harry Potter set with the standard “woman’s hair” and a conquistador’s face from an old pirate set. We’d made Damien Hirst’s shark tank as students because we were very bored and we wanted to be on a par with someone as great as Damien Hirst who’s done so much. We just feel like the owners of a contemporary art gallery now, with our Hirst, Koons and Dalí.” Their first show in a public gallery was Art Craziest Nation (named after Matthew Collings’ book, Art Crazy Nation) at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool from August 2005 for five months”. The artists created an art show in miniature. Titles of the works shown (all made from Lego) included Hirst’s Shark Tank, Warhol’s Money, Andre’s Bricks, Craig-Martin’s Tree, Beuys’ Sleighs, Emin’s Bed and Chapmans’ Dead Guys. Some pieces are now on display as part of the Gallery’s permanent collection.


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