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Creations pictured in “Beautiful Lego” include William Shakespeare (pictured) and Stephen Hawking.
Creations pictured in “Beautiful Lego” include William Shakespeare (pictured) and Stephen Hawking.Handout

Mike Doyle is known for his grand-scale designs and the cover of his new book, “Beautiful Lego” (No Starch), features the city of Odan, a 6-foot-tall model he created with more than 200,000 Lego bricks. His award-winning “Abandoned House” series is also featured in the book, but most of it is given over to dozens of Lego artists who answered his worldwide call for submissions. In this survey of contemporary Lego art, there are monsters, aliens, and superheroes, storybook characters, pop culture figures, and historic buildings. Even those who scoff at Legos will probably see something they find impressive.

JAN GARDNER

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