Where can I get those curved LEGO® bricks?
I get this question a lot, but there are virtually no 'curved' bricks in Brick Bending designs. Most are made out of standard, rectangular LEGO® bricks. The curves come from various building techniques.
What is "brick bending"?
"Brick bending" has multiple meanings. First, it's a broad term for various construction techniques that allow you to take regular, rectangular LEGO® bricks and create smooth curves. Not every design I create uses these techniques, but it's very typical in my work. Second, much of what I do 'bends the rules' in terms of official LEGO® building practices. Some have described my designs as 'LEGO hacking' which is pretty close to the truth.
Why do some people say that brick bending is 'illegal'?
It's my unofficial understanding that within the confines of official LEGO® building techniques, many of the building techniques that I use are not allowed. Essentially, any building technique that puts the bricks under stress beyond the official tolerances that the LEGO® Group has specified are forbidden among official LEGO® designers. From their perspective--as a business--this makes a lot of sense. However, from my perspective--as an artist--I can't think of anything more interesting to do with these bricks than to push them to their absolute limits. For me, that's where the magic lies.
Does brick bending damage your bricks?
It definitely changes the nature of the bricks over long periods of time, and it can damage them immediately depending on how old/used the bricks are, how much 'bending' you try to attempt, and the bending technique you're trying to use. If you build a circle with a circumference of 65-70 1x2 bricks for a brief period of time, they're likely to show little to no wear for the experience. However if you bend circles like I do (with a typical circumferences of 48) your bricks probably won't break, but they'll likely develop stress lines (which will show on darker bricks) and they'll fit more loosely together than they did at first. And if you're REALLY aggressive, at times you can crack, or even break pieces outright. So my advice is that if you attempt brick bending, bend carefully, and be prepared to lose a few bricks for a higher purpose.
Do you heat, cut, or glue your bricks?
No, no, and no. The trick with brick bending is the stress you're putting on the brick, the tolerances of the plastic, and the small amount of space created between each brick in a curve. With a little gentle pressure you can form beautiful, smooth curves with no heating or gluing involved. In fact, the stress is what holds the pieces tightly together. Most of my designs are quite rigid and can tolerate more handling than your typical LEGO® build. However a few are extremely fragile. But the short answer is 'no kragle'!
Are any of your designs for sale? Do you do commissions?
I will happily consider commission requests. However, keep in mind that LEGO (as a medium) is very expensive, my work is extremely unique, and many of my existing builds were years in the making. However if you simply must have a one-of-a-kind piece of geometric LEGO artwork for your exhibition, home, or office and are willing to negotiate, I'd be happy to talk.