What can’t LEGOS do or make? Apparently, not much. Photographer Jeff Friesen recreates the work of famed street artist, Banksy, and does so by using the kid (and adult) favorite, LEGOS. He smartly named the series Bricksy, which is a clear play on the artist’s name and the shape of the blocks – typically consisting of bricks that are placed together to build everything from The Statue of Liberty to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Castle.
While the series is definitely a recreation of the most famous Banksy works, it is also a reinvention – taking on a bit more of a tone of whimsy than the street artist’s usual desire to question humanity and their unfounded ways. The content is more light-hearted and more for the purpose of inducing laughter and smiles than asking the hard-hitting questions. Of course, while both tones are welcomed, it is definitely worth noting Friesen’s more tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and commentary in his Bricksy series.
Everything from Banksy’s Balloon Girl to Mother Anarchist has been taken and transformed – with added commentary – to make you giggle just a little bit more today. Let’s see if you can catch the subtle jokes he has hidden in these reimagined, miniature structures!
Maid in London
“You never really know who your future self is going to be. It’s probably better that way.”
“The police are enthusiastic supporters of stop-and-frisk policies.”
Like a Rat on a Wire
“experts say that in London you are never less than 12 meters away from a tightrope-walking rat.”
“Strong-arm Flower Delivery specializes in tragically forbidden love.”
Like a Rat on a Wire
“Say yes to your inner monkey.”
“There’s got to be an angle of Big Ben the world hasn’t seen, though it’s not for lack of trying.”
Banana Pulp Fiction
“Never bring a gun to a fruit fight.”
“Keith Haring’s successes as a dog breeder are overshadowed by his achievements in the art world.”
“Tightey-whiteys are not Frank’s first choice for public display. Perhaps parachute pants will be a better choice for next time.”
The Mother of Anarchy
“Raising a well-presented anarchist has never been easier in these tumultuous times.”
Just Following Orders
“The Royal Urban Stencil Regiment is a secret branch of the Quen’s Guard. Their ritual “nicking of the spray paint” is a rarely photographed ceremony in London hardware shops.”
“Follow your instincts: devour sugar, carbs, and mystery meat whenever you come across them.”
“There is always hope. Especially if you tie it to your wrist.”
For more of Jeff Friesen’s brick work, check out his website, The Brick Fantastic.
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