Legos—they’re not just for kids. Real architects use them to build recreations of iconic masterworks, and artists like to use them, too. Take Chris McVeigh, for instance, a Halifax, Nova Scotia-based author, illustrator, and photographer, who uses the iconic plastic bricks to create all manner of delightful vignettes.
A kind of “hacked” version of Lego’s building sets, McVeigh’s models range from holiday-themed to bygone technology to arcades—made all the more nostalgic by the inherently analog way Lego and other physical building blocks look.
Take the “My Old Desktop” series, which features a desk setup with computers from the ’80s and ’90s, replete with accessories like floppy disks, cassette tapes, rotary landline phones, joysticks, and other retro computing accoutrements. The sets are created with such detail and whimsy that it’s impossible not to look back at the birth of the personal computing age without a tinge of nostalgia.
The best part? Plans and building guides for each set are available for free on McVeigh’s website. Take a look.