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Brick City: Global Icons to Make from Lego [Paperback]

Warren Elsmore
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May 2013

While to many, LEGO bricks are 'just a toy', to an ever-growing army of fans they provide a challenging and enjoyable modelling medium. These fans, calling themselves 'AFOLs', or Adult Fans of LEGO, have taken it upon themselves to recreate local landmarks using just the bricks that you may find at a local store.

LEGO models created by adult fans, however, don't resemble those that many people created as a child. Created by masters of their medium, these fabulously detailed models may contain thousands of pieces - or perhaps just a handful. Either way, the talented artists have an intimate knowledge of every piece and colour available. Skilfully choosing the ideal piece to recreate a well-known landmark, they may create a model indistinguishable from the real thing, or evoke the spirit of a building in just a few small pieces.

In fact, landmarks and cityscapes - from the New York skyline to the Sagrada Familia, London's St Pancras and the amazing towers of Beijing and Hong Kong - have long been a source of inspiration for LEGO builders. In this book, LEGO artist Warren Elsmore takes us on a world tour and explores more than 12 global cities and their iconic structures. Each city is examined and recreated in LEGO form.

Comprising amazing artwork, exploratory photographs and detailed breakdowns, Brick City looks at the essence of what makes an urban landscape recognizable.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438002491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438002491
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 17.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 896,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warren Elsmore is a freelance artist and author, who creates unique, one-off, LEGO models for individuals and corporate companies.

Living with his wife, Kitty, in Edinburgh he works worldwide for organisations including LEGO, DELL, BBC, WPP and Visit Denmark. Warren has been a LEGO fan since the age of 4 and has been building commercial models for the last 5 years. Now 36, he is world renown for his creations which are occasionally strength tested by his two cats, Io and Callisto.

After spending 16 years in the IT business, Warren now concentrates on LEGO models, building from a studio that would be any childs' dream! When not building LEGO, he's organising events such as The LEGO Show, or blogging at www.warrenelsmore.com

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'If you are one of the many who think modern Lego is too easy, with its specially designed pieces, this will renew your faith in the magic Danish brick. And for everyone, this is an opportunity to boggle at the obsessive ingenuity of what are known as AFOLs (adult fans of Lego).' -- Rowan Moore, The Telegraph

'AFOL (adult fans of LEGO) are on the rise and we reckon there will be a few more after people see Warren Elsmore's new book Brick City: LEGO for Grown Ups where he painstakingly creates international landmarks and shows you step by step guides of how to do the same.' -- Time Out

'Comprising amazing artwork, exploratory photographs and detailed breakdowns, Brick City looks at the essence of what makes an urban landscape recognizable.' --Gizmodo.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Brick City is a celebration of the world's favourite buildings and urban icons, recreated solely using LEGO bricks. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crammed Full of Lego Buildings 2 May 2013
Format:Paperback
This small Lego book punches above it's weight (and size). It is choc-full of amazing models at all scales, from the gargantuan to the tinìest micro-scale works. Photography and printing is of a high quality throughout. The text is well written and informative. I like the way how acknowledgement is given to both the architect of the real world building, as well as the designer of the Lego version.

Although the page size is small, there's two massive fold out posters included on the inside and outside flaps.
Instructions are given to help you recreate the smaller models. It really is hard to see how the publishers could have packed any more in for the price.

Absolutely terrific.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 8 May 2013
By MJ
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I bought this book as my colleague mentioned it to me. The book is perfect. I takes you on a journey around the world showing you famous building built from lego with many stops with building instructions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lego for grown-ups (and small people) 20 May 2013
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Brilliant! Anything that gets them off the PS3 for this long has got to be recommended. Think I've got a couple of budding architects....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great for grown- up Lego fans! 29 May 2013
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Fascinating, it is amazing what can be built with Lego bricks! It has also been an inspiration for my grandsons (10 yrs and 8 yrs old ) when they visit me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lego Fans 23 Jan 2014
By Lynz
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I gave this book to my ;daughter (32) for her birthday,having read a review in the press. She reckons it is the best present she has ever received!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By sally tarbox TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Saw this while shopping today, and was entranced, especially as Mr Elsmore has covered many countries of the world you wouldn't expect. Use your Lego to create a Scottish tenement building... Copenhagen's little mermaid... a Japanese picnic scene complete with cherry blossoms...a Taj Mahal (wow!)...a Chinese archway from Shanghai...Dubai's 'palm tree' construction. Lisbon, Budapest, Singapore, New York, all captured in miniature.
Am definitely going to buy a copy for my 40-something brother, who was an avid Legoer many years ago!
PS I really loved the London Olympic stadium complete with the Queen hang-gliding down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 Aug 2013
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A wonderful gift for the grown up Lego enthusiast, seeing buildings you have visited or would like to, in Lego, is really great.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Warren Elsmore has achieved a wonderful feat with this book. It's beautifully put together with high quality colour throughout. From the introductory explanations through to the many step by step guides to creating the smaller creations (the Collosseum is the largest!) and then on, with pictures of the authors larger, more commercial builds it is informative , inspiring and a joy to read. If you love lego and have a ton of bricks lying around get this book. If you just love lego, buy it anyway, you'll soon be itching to go out and buy some bricks as well.
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