we’ve all played with lego at some point in our lives. from creating simple toys like human figures, cars and trucks to complex ones like helicopters, houses and windmills.
but then there are few of us who turn to lego to do much more. so much more.
take ghanian-canadian artist ekow nimako for instance. he loves lego probably a lot more than all of us combined. and he uses it to bring black lives, to life. in a playful, kinda way. ekow is known for his afrofuturist reimaginings of black histories built from lego bricks.
here in his ongoing series titled, building black: civilizations, he has created a 30 sq-ft sculpture called the kumbi saleh 3020 CE, which conceptually envisions the ancient trading town in mauritania one thousand years in the future, as a vast and complex metropolis.
for those who love their history, kumbi saleh was the centre of the trans-saharan trade route at the height of the ghana empire.
this particular piece of lego art used up as many as 100,000 pieces of lego and is now a part of the aga khan museum in toronto.
here are a few photographs of this lego city in ekow series titled, building black: civilizations. you can pop on to his website to check out the other creations that are a part of this series. or you can also follow him on his instagram handle.