Long loved by parents for their durability, educational purposes and the LEGO company’s social and environmental responsibility, LEGO bricks have become a standard construction toy in almost every household. And with the addition of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright´s Fallingwater getaway, the Empire State building, Sears Tower and Seattle Space Needle — all part of LEGO’s Architecture Landmark series designed by Adam Reed Tucker — LEGO kits have been propelled into the realm of collectible toys.
Reasonably priced (the Landmark Series is $19.99, while the Architect Series will set you back $39.99 for the Guggenheim and a hundred bucks for Fallingwater), you won’t find any of the standard primary color blocks in these sets. Custom shapes (to mirror Gunite) and rare hues (the Empire State Building is rendered in gold bricks) ensures that the miniature masterpieces will just as likely end up being showcased on the living room coffee table as being tucked away in the toy bin.
“The LEGO brick is not initially thought of as a material typically used in creating art or used as an artist’s medium,” says the LEGO Series creator, artist Adam Reed Tucker. “As I explore how to capture these buildings with the basic shapes of the bricks and plates, I find the possibilities and challenges they offer almost magical.”
Bring the magic home. All sets are available at the online LEGO shop.