If only some home builders were this dedicated.
Mike Doyle, a New York-based artist whose fascination with texture and decay might only be rivaled by his patience for mind-numbing minutia, has just constructed a 5½-foot-tall model of a run-down Victorian mansion made entirely of Lego blocks. (A tip of the hat to Curbed for leading us down the rabbit hole.)
Entitled "Victorian on Mud Heap," this meticulously designed fantasy home is the third in his series of Victorians, and took Doyle nearly 600 hours to create and approximately 130,000 Legos to build.
(See the gallery below for more photos.)
Call him the ultimate weekend warrior. When he's not wearing the hat of design director at a high-powered New York marketing firm, he's devising new ways to up the ante in Lego sculpture.
"It's simply the embellishment and the ability [of the Victorian style] to show off the decay best, which is what I'm most interested in," Doyle told AOL Real Estate.
From start to finish, the process took him just under eight months of late nights and busy weekends to complete.
"It can sort of get out of control," he says with a laugh.
While he has always been interested in graphic design and the fine arts, it wasn't until he took his son and nephews to a Legoland convention a year and a half ago that he discovered the "My Own Creation" (or MOC) of adult Lego sculptors.
Now it's become a family affair. His favorite detail in his latest decrepit masterwork, he says, is a tiny lamp near the doorway that his 9-year-old son built. Even the 5-year-old gets involved, but most of his contributions aren't quite ready for primetime, the father of two says.
For his next project, Doyle says that he wants to explore his fascination with slum buildings, particularly in developing nations. "You can't quite tell if they're old or new," he says, which gives them a timeless quality.
Readers can check out Doyle's other works on his personal blog or Flickr page. There's even a 3D image of the spooky Victorian pictured above. Eat your heart out, Tim Burton.
CORRECTION: Doyle's model of the Victorian house was previously described as 3½ feet tall. It's actually 5½ feet tall.
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