Jeff Friesen Uses Legos o Satirize The 50 US States

West Virginia: Bobby has five minutes left on his shift in the coal mine. Just enough time to dig a little deeper.

West Virginia: Bobby has five minutes left on his shift in the coal mine. Just enough time to dig a little deeper.

Washington: We can only close our eyes using clothespins.

Washington: We can only close our eyes using clothespins.

Texas: Rounding up little doggies who have lost their way.

Maryland: Today the crabs decided to have a picnic of their own.

Canadian Photographer Jeff Friesen uses the iconic Legos to build dioramas that he later photographs. In the series 50 States of Legos, Friesen satirizes each state in the United States using the toy’s characters, blocks, and accessories. Scenes are set against colorful backdrops like mountains, beaches, and grassy lands. Some include aliens, cowboys,and even historic figures like George Washington.

Each state has their own legacy or a reputation for something. Friesen plays on these associations and includes witty captions that accompany them. I live in Maryland, for instance, where eating crabs is a cherished pastime. Friesen pokes fun at this, turning crabs against a couple trying to boil a crab. Other places receive the same, if not more over-the-top treatment. Alaska features a Yet fishing with an Eskimo. A cowboy in New Mexico is prodded by an alien. There is a dragon in the mines of West Virginia. Friesen’s series is a light-hearted look at the states, which are made even more amusing the more time you spend with them and their details. (Via Honestly WTF)

Wisconsin: After jumping the shark Arthur Fonzarelli limited his outdoor activities to helping with the traditional Wisconsin cheese harvest.

Wisconsin: After jumping the shark Arthur Fonzarelli limited his outdoor activities to helping with the traditional Wisconsin cheese harvest.

New Mexico: People tend to shy away from probing questions in the land of enchantment.

New Mexico: People tend to shy away from probing questions in the land of enchantment.

Utah: Delicate arches and delicate noggins collide in the Utah backcountry.

Utah: Delicate arches and delicate noggins collide in the Utah backcountry.

Minnesota: Some places have a dry cold. In Minnesota it’s a nice cold, okie-dokie?

Minnesota: Some places have a dry cold. In Minnesota it’s a nice cold, okie-dokie?

Kansas: There’s no place like home, but if your home is frequently blown aloft it helps to wear a parachute indoors.

Kansas: There’s no place like home, but if your home is frequently blown aloft it helps to wear a parachute indoors.

Iowa: Every summer you seen them emerging bright yellow from their green jackets: the children of the corn.

Iowa: Every summer you seen them emerging bright yellow from their green jackets: the children of the corn.

Illinois: Bugsy’s mom is thrilled that he’s running his own lemonade stand this summer. He hasn’t rubbed out any of his associates since June.

Illinois: Bugsy’s mom is thrilled that he’s running his own lemonade stand this summer. He hasn’t rubbed out any of his associates since June.

California: Moonbeam’s mellow is never harshed by her Fruitfly brand compost-powered tri-scoot.

California: Moonbeam’s mellow is never harshed by her Fruitfly brand compost-powered tri-scoot.

Alaska: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Fish for a man and he is food for a week. -From Abominable Quotes by Shaggy Bonespitter

Alaska: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Fish for a man and he is food for a week. -From Abominable Quotes by Shaggy Bonespitter

 


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