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LEGO bricks have fueled the imaginations of aspiring designers and builders for generations. In Beasts from Bricks, LEGO artist and designer Ekow Nimako shows that the popular and iconic toy has an unexpected and innovative use: to re-create nature's fauna in stunning detail. The book presents illustrated step-by-step instructions for building 15 animals from around the world: Africa, Europe, Asia, the Arctic, Oceania, Central/South America, the Caribbean, and North America. Each set of instructions includes entertaining and educational information about the animal's characteristics and habitat. Also included is a bonus gallery of Nimako's more complex, large-scale animal designs.
Ekow Nimako studied fine arts at York University in Toronto. An avid builder since childhood, Ekow's first LEGO® installation, Aviarageddon, depicted over 30 species of weaponized birds in flight as a commentary on war culture and its link to species endangerment. The theme of animal extinction was further explored in 2015 with his sculpture Silent Knight, commissioned by the City of Toronto for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. His continuing exhibition, Building Black, investigates the complexities of black identity with artworks that draw from various racial, historical, and folkloric narratives. He lives in Toronto, Canada. See more of his work at www.ekownimako.com