People do some amazing things with LEGOs. They design taxidermy kits, assemble bedroom walls, and even build entire homes out of the ubiquitous plastic bricks. And now, New York artist and sculptor Jonathan Lopes has recreated his Boerum Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn as a small-scale replica using nothing but LEGOs.
According to the NY Daily News, Lopes spent four years and about half a million bricks to build a painstakingly detailed train scene that takes up 400 square feet in his living room.
The remarkable replica features buildings that he passes every day on his walks, such as a flower shop on Hoyt Street and Firehouse Engine 226 on State Street. Every detail of Lopes' LEGO land is made entirely with LEGOs, no matter how small — including the little signs on the storefronts. Lopes doesn't cut or paint the blocks, instead relying on ingenuity to create effects like cracked and peeling paint using blocks with subtly different tones.
Check out the rest of his art commissions and cityscapes (like his version of the famous Randy's Donuts in LA) in his portfolio.