Monday, September 29, 2008

You look just like...

My brother has a great game that he often plays with his wife. He'll point out a random person on the street and define their look in relation to a celebrity, ie. that's a fat Kevin Costner or a bald Sarah Jessica Parker. The point is to identify the salient features of a person and use the given characteristics of a celebrity to make a comparison. The next time you're in public, try it out. You'll be amazed by how many alternate reality celebrities you can find.

I'm starting to discover that when building a real object or person using LEGO bricks, that's the general idea. The goal is not to build a caricature of a person; but rather something that captures the most salient features and lets people instantly see what you've intended to construct. When building with rectangles, you can never recreate curves or certain shapes perfectly, you just provide the illusion of those features and let people fill in the gaps based on memory or recognition.

[The above picture was in front of a pizzeria at LEGOLAND in Billund, Denmark. As you can see it's all about the mustache, just as it always should be...more pics, stories from Denmark to come].

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