Brutalist Bookends

Office LEGO* decorations

In a move that, surprisingly, I had nothing to do with, some communal building blocks showed up at the office last month. They’re Brickyard brand, not official LEGO. The quality is decent, especially compared to Mega Bloks, the awful knock-offs of my youth. The corners and edges are sharper … I think these would be even deadlier to step on barefoot!

I’ve built a few holiday decorations with them, and find the restricted palette, so to speak, very refreshing. My personal LEGO collection has been built over almost 30 years, and builds sometimes get hung up when I try out every conceivable piece and configuration to accomplish a particular aim. There’s a lesson in here, to be sure.

Frankenstein was inspired by one I found on Pinterest – I added the Universal-studios-era neck bolts. I looked at a few dozen LEGO turkey designs online and didn’t really have the parts to do any of them, so these are mostly improvised.

I feel most hamstrung by the lack of 1x width plates — the smallest plate is 2×2. Gotta start scheming on Christmas already…

By Scott Kubie

Designer and digital strategist based in Minneapolis, MN.