Building LEGO sets can be a fanatic experience for any person above the hazardous choking age range. A new YouTube video series “LEGO Build & Destroy” by the Untrained Slackers production team brings a whole new level of enthusiasm to unboxing and constructing new toys.
It all started when videographer Sarah Woodward began to feel stagnate within her everyday life. Her passion for filming became more of a chore for work rather than playful self-expression. To allow the creativity to seep from her pores again, she began cutting out experiences that no longer satisfied her lust for creative cinematography. “I decided that I would start saying ‘no’ to projects that don’t make my heart sing.”
Woodward’s intention is to capture the essence of maintaining a playful spirit through the art of building LEGO… and then annihilating them. Yes, it seems peculiar. However, according to Woodward, it represents the philosophy of non-attachment and the ability to move through life without things weighing her down.
There are quite a few build and destroy videos on YouTube (including destroying LEGO). Some are low-effort productions just for pranks and shock effect, while others are educational and even artistic in their own way. Sarah is clearly a skilled videographer, with a unique ability to blend the playfulness of LEGO, the beauty of nature, and the catharsis of destruction. In the playlist below, I have included several of the “LEGO Build & Destroy” episodes, and Sarah is planning to make some more.
Looks like Sarah is particularly fond of LEGO Technic sets, as she used (so far) the #42066 LEGO Technic Air Race Jet, the #42058 LEGO Technic Stunt Bike, the #42074 LEGO Technic Racing Yacht, and the #42077 LEGO Technic Rally Car. LEGO Technic models are known for their intricate mechanical details and their structural strength, so it’s particularly interesting to see how they stand up to powerful destructive forces. The filming and editing of the building process is also well done. I especially like the video with the otters!
Building and destroying LEGO creations is something most LEGO fans are familiar with; we build something, then we take it apart to build something else. And children often play out dramatic battles with crumbling LEGO forts and exploding LEGO spaceships. Still, completely destroying LEGO models to the point of actually damaging the pieces is not something LEGO fans are usually comfortable with. However, artists may push these boundaries to show us what’s beyond. For some, this may spark new ideas and possibilities, and for others it reinforces their commitment to their own set of values (which may include not destroying their LEGO).
It’s amazing to see the great variety of ways people use LEGO sets and pieces! While many LEGO fans (including our contributors) mostly focus on official LEGO sets and custom creations, it’s interesting to see some outside-of-the-box use of LEGO once in a while. What do you think? How do you like the videos by Untrained Slackers? Have you used LEGO in any unconventional ways? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉
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