The Brick Testament: The Bible Told In Lego
Photo & video streaming sites on the internet have made it easy to share popular photo montages and movies that people have created with Lego. That makes a lot of sense. Lego figures are poseable actors that never complain, and even a modest prop budget can buy you a sack of Lego bricks to use in all your scenes again and again.
When it comes to telling stories with Lego, Brendan Powell Smith isn't messing around. He turned to the greatest story ever told for inspiration. The Brick Testament is a collection of photos illustrating parables from the Bible using only real Lego pieces from the 60's to today.
A few pieces have been modified with Sharpie, and in one case a white helmet was X-acto knifed into looking like God's hair. You've got to admire the cleverness in play when quantizing the epic stories of the Bible into this smaller plastic scale. One of my favorite scenes is the great flood depicted with a mass of blue bricks, with only the Lego people's heads afloat.
There have been detractors to the project, while others have praised Smith's interpretive efforts. In addition to his website, his work has been published as a series of picture books. Could faith-based Lego playsets be far behind? Thy Downloadable Scrolls of Sacred Instructions?
So does this mean that if God had made Lego on the first day of Creation, he could have built the rest of the world in an afternoon?