Issue 7 of Bricks Culture, the LEGO® pop culture digest, has an even more international focus than usual. Cole Blaq examines street artists from France including Lenz, and David Alexander Smith interviews the pioneering French LEGO photographer, Samsofy. David also turns his attention to America, where he asks renowned brick artist Nathan Sawaya some unusual questions and sets husband and wife Matt and Linda Rowntree their first ever collaborative LEGO challenge.
Our Year 2 Guest Artists, Joe Perez and Tyler Clites, return with more stunning original creations that both have American themes, yet each is utterly different in subject and approach. Historian Gary Istok looks at the product that first made LEGO sets popular in Japan, while Sue-Ann Barber speaks to a young, talented builder from Himeji: Takamichi Irie.
What makes us all so passionate about the culture of the brick? David Alexander Smith ponders this in his regular essay but Julie Broberg discovers that not every fan likes to share their LEGO passion, when she meets Jason Cutten of London. We also have two sentimental journeys to the LEGO homeland of Denmark: Tim Johnson visits the hallowed halls of Billund’s LEGO brick moulding factory while Space fan Peter Reid tracks down Frank Madsen, the creator of the 1980s Jim Spaceborn LEGO comic books, which introduced Keko, the robot so beloved by Peter.
Members of Stuck in Plastic are focusing their lenses on Keko and all manner of robots in this issue, with contributions from across the globe and we also relax in a Portuguese cinema with Carlos Rui Ribeiro, to hear about the world’s biggest LEGO stop-motion animation festival, Cine Brick.
All this plus an extreme close-up look at the range of minifigures from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and we revisit Andy Morris, first featured in issue 2, who has been scouring the globe to find the finest LEGO-inspired art and design for his beautiful new store.
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