The Brick Testament // The Brick Chronicle: The Most Amazing Use Of Legos Ever!

Genesis 1:1-3

And God said, ‘Let there be light.’

Some more than ten years ago, this atheist guy is eating at a Taco Bell restaurant, when all of a sudden the burrito in his hand bursts into flames and he hears God’s thunderous voice, commanding him to dedicate the remainder of his life to illustrate the Bible… in Legos. So he does.

This guy is Brendan Powell Smith, lives in San Fransisco and apparently owns a fortune’s worth of Legos. He starts his auspicious project with Genesis, builds the dioramas completely in Legos, without the company having anything to do officially with these projects, gets them photographed with his Nikon Coolpix 950 (now upgraded to the Nikon Coolpix 4500) and takes them apart, before he starts his next image. It took him only a few weeks to get thousands of visits on his then newly founded website and gain a some kind of a cult following.

Genesis 2:1-3

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished.  And on the seventh day God rested from all the work that he had done

Genesis 3:24

So he drove the man away and stationed cherubs at the east of the garden of Eden, and a whirling flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life.

The website today contains 422 stories with 4,588 illustrations and its status is still active, promising more content to come. All stories are flagged with the appropriate labels, warning the readers/viewers for nudity, sexual content, violence and cursing.

Of course some of the criticism on the Brick Testament was pretty harsh. Smith has been accused of committing sacrilege, being disrespectful to God, misrepresenting the stories to deceive children and distorting the facts that the one true Bible is made of.

Matthew 4:10

Jesus said to him, ‘Go away, Satan! For it is written: “You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him.”

On Smith’s defense about all those allegations, it is clearly mentioned on the site that the Bible contains material some may consider morally objectionable and/or inappropriate for children.

Matthew 26:20

When it was evening, he took his place at the table with the twelve.

John 19:25

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala, and the disciple whom he loved.

Mark 15:34, Luke 23:46

At 3 PM, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?’ When he had said this, he breathed his last.

Since 2003 this project has produced several hardcover books and although they were banned from some of the largest retailers, still remain very popular and keep selling well.

On the 10th year anniversary of the Brick Testament’s first publication, Smith turned his attention to a new project, Assassination!, a book of about four hundred illustrations that retells, in Legos of course, some of the most shocking and historical events, regarding attempts on the lives of a dozen US Presidents, from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama.

In the southeast corner of the sixth floor, Oswald stacked boxes so that he would not be noticed. Then he took the same rifle he’d used to try to assassinate General Edwin Walker seven months before and positioned himself at the open window with a perfect view of the motorcade.

The president’s limousine turned left onto Elm Street just in front of the depository. Among the crowds lining the streets, a few noticed a man with a rifle perched in the window of the book depository, but assumed he was there to protect the president. Amid the cheers of the crowd, a loud bang sounded.

Sacrilegious or not, disrespectful or just getting a bit weirdly trivial, Brendan Powell Smith’s projects are definitely worth attention. Love it or hate it, one thing’s certain, every single one of his images is great fun. Of course it’s fun, it’s Legos!


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