50 States of Lego: Satire Through Toys

New Mexico

New Mex­ico

Did you know that in addi­tion to this blog, I also write for Beautiful/Decay? I say that because I orig­i­nally wrote about Jeff Friesen’s 50 States of Lego for that site, but I liked it so much I wanted to share it on Brown Paper Bag, too!

Jeff is a pho­tog­ra­pher inspired  was by his daughter’s Legos to sat­i­rize the 50 United States, based on pre­con­ceived notions, stereo­types, and the his­tory of each place. He adds a twist on many of these dio­ra­mas by mak­ing them over the top, adding fan­tas­ti­cal and absurd sit­u­a­tions. To accom­pany his pho­tographs, Jeff wrote witty cap­tions about them. For instance, West Vir­ginia is depicted above. He writes, “Bobby has five min­utes left on his shift in the coal mine. Just enough time to dig a lit­tle deeper.”

I was a Lego fanatic as a kid, as I am sure many of you were. So, see­ing Jeff’s inter­pre­ta­tion of the 50 States with this iconic toy is really amus­ing and nos­tal­gic. If you live in the US, what is your state known for? Does it match up with what Jeff created?

All images via Jeff’s web­site, where you can pur­chase prints. H/T Hon­estly WTF.

Washington

Wash­ing­ton

Maryland

Mary­land

Wisconsin

Wis­con­sin

Utah

Utah

Minnesota

Min­nesota

Kansas

Kansas

California

Cal­i­for­nia

Texas

Texas

Alaska

Alaska

 

 

 

 
 
 

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