All images courtesy of the artist
Halloween is in the air, and before we bring you a pop-up Halloween costume store contest or the top ten houses built over Indian burial grounds, we present these incredible photos of spooky Victorian mansions built entirely out of Legos.
Artist Mike Doyle has been constructing and photographing abandoned houses forged out of nothing but tiny, unaltered, plastic Lego bricks. He describes his work as a “textual exploration of decay,” using black, white, gray and translucent Lego pieces to produce crumbling foundations overcome by nature. His most recent work, Victorian on Mud Heap (shown above in detail), uses nearly 130,000 pieces and took 600 hours to complete.
By using Legos, which are manufactured as stiff, perfect geometric pieces, Doyle brings attention to their crooked assemblage, the gaps in the finished structure, and the swelling, entropic piles that defy the Lego bricks’ traditional calling to be neatly stacked. The result is a critique of the material world. Doyle compares his work to “a little dollhouse, a seemingly secure home…plucked up and set on a new path.” Rather than construct a detailed, falsified image of a charming home, he prefers to embrace the fragility of life.