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mike doyle lego contact 1

New York-based graphic designer and artist Mike Doyle caught our attention a couple of years ago with his beautifully rendered eerie Lego Victorian houses. His latest piece, titled Contact 1, employs over 200,000 Lego bricks, took him over 600 hours to build, and stands 5 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Contact 1 is the first in a series Doyle is working on, and he writes, “The Contact Series of Lego-built creations was designed to promote the beauty of all intelligent life forms as extensions of our family – children under the same creative force.”

The images seem unreal, leaving the viewer wondering if they are of an actual sculpture or a rendering. Doyle responds, “The project is built and then photographed. 90% of the saucers are connected to the model with black Lego hoses. These mostly disappeared against a black screen. Those hoses that remained, I darkened to disappear. For some of the saucers appearing in front of the buildings, they were attached and then the attachments photoshopped out for a cleaner presentation.”

Doyle navigates Lego like a lifelong pro. It’s hard to believe he began working with Lego as an alternative art medium merely two years ago.

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[via Colossal]

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.



  1. Chris says:

    Reblogged this on Yoda Archives, lost adventures of a Jedi Master and commented:
    Awesome science fiction LEGO city.

  2. Holy guacamole! The attention to detail is mind bogglingly good! I’d spray a clear coat of varnish to ensure you never have to deconstruct the build!

  3. ameyring says:

    Amazing! I’ve been wondering if modern LEGO sculptors are using 100% LEGO or including some of the clones available nowadays. The clones have some unusual pieces that could complement LEGO.

  4. wilhelm says:

    WOW!I have been surprised what someone can make everything with Lego. a amazing building!

  5. Rory says:

    Reblogged this on taciturn and commented:
    Kinda cool