A new Etsy store is taking Lego architecture to the next level with its offer to create custom scale models of your house, built exclusively out of the little toy bricks. Little Brick Lane was launched by Shari Austrian, who uses photographs and architectural plans that customers provide to construct her miniature masterpieces. She’ll even fill your Lego house with tiny replicas of your furniture, if you’re willing to pay the extra price. Exteriors cost 75 cents per square foot, while a house with a decked out interior will cost you $1.25 per square foot.
Austrian built a Lego version of her own home a few years ago, after she became fascinated by its design and construction. Her kids had reintroduced her to the plastic bricks, she told Hyperallergic. She decided to launch a store after receiving “overwhelming enthusiastic response” from people who saw her model house. Since then, she has built three others, based on Neoclassical, Colonial, and Greek-revival styles.
“One of the beauties of working with Lego is its capability to accommodate different architecture styles,” she said.
Austrian has no formal training in art or architecture — until a year ago, she worked in the healthcare field — but she learned how to interpret architectural plans while working with the architect who designed her house. Like real construction projects, hers has its complications. While she is usually able to find almost every necessary Lego piece between the company’s Pick A Brick shop and Brick Owl, there are still product limitations in style and color. And although Lego has perfected the right angle, she said, it could diversify its offerings of diagonals and curves.
“Lego sloped bricks do not often align with commonly used roof pitches, and Lego offers few plant variations that represent typical landscaping,” Austrian said. “Still, there are so many options and there are often times many different ways to create a single feature or effect. The challenge of overcoming these obstacles makes the project even more fun.”
Some museums are opting for new language to describe the preserved individuals in their collections who were once living humans.
Presented by Northwestern’s Block Museum and McCormick School of Engineering, this new exhibition seeks empathy at the boundaries of life. On view in Evanston, Illinois.
Located in Des Moines, Iowa, this residency for emerging and established artists includes studio and living space, a $1,000 monthly stipend, and more.
As art history buffs on the app have pointed out, both movements attribute meaning to the meaningless.
Multiple posts about the film have been taken down on Twitter, many of them following the government’s removal requests.
This week, blonde hair supremacy, Salman Rushdie’s new novel, and why do boutique shops all look the same?
Fayneese Miller is under fire after the school failed to renew the contract of an adjunct who showed artworks depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
Fully-funded teaching assistantships are standard for MFA students at the top-ranked, flagship research university in the state of New York.
Hundreds of visitors were evacuated from the Incan site over the weekend.
The artist’s works resonate in West Texas, where the story of dehumanized and exploited migrant laborers is tangible and ever-present.
A posthumous show of Price’s work is curated by James Hart of Phil Space, the self-proclaimed “gallerist of death.”
She has raised generations of Bay Area artists and changed the local landscape with her public artworks, colleagues tell Hyperallergic.