De vijftig staten van Amerika in Lego

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Lego alleen voor kinderen? Welnee! Zelf zijn we een groot fan, maar ook de Canadese fotograaf Jeff Friesen kan de gekleurde blokjes niet laten liggen. Hij gebruikt Lego om stereotypen uit de vijftig staten te laten zien. Sommige zijn duidelijk: aliens in New Mexico en hippies in Californië. Anderen zijn een beetje subtieler. Ze gaan in ieder geval allemaal in op de diverse culturen, geschiedenis, tradities en de politiek van elke staat. Zo laat Friesen op zijn manier zien hoe onderscheidend de staten zijn: geen enkele stukje Amerika is hetzelfde. Welke vind jij de leukste?

De vijftig staten van Amerika in Lego

De vijftig staten van Amerika in LegoWat je naast de Lego-elementen ziet op de vijftig foto’s hieronder, is voornamelijk papier – Friesen maakte nauwelijks gebruik van Photoshop. Het project was voor hem vooral bedoeld als een leuk tijdverdrijf naast zijn drukke baan als professioneel fotograaf. “Het begon als grapje met mijn 7-jarige dochter. We hebben er uiteindelijk een hele zomer over gedaan: in de middag bouwden we de setting, ’s avonds fotografeerde ik het in mijn eigen studio. Ik ben altijd erg serieus met mijn werk bezig: dit was voor mij echt een verademing.”

Zowel de beelden als de onderschriften zijn eigendom van de schepper, Jeff Friesen. Er zijn overigens later wat varianten gemaakt door dezelfde kunstenaar; bekijk ze op deze pagina. Je zou vanuit daar eventueel ook het bijbehorende boek kunnen bestellen.

Alabama

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Alabama. Roll Tide! Just restrain yourself from rolling your tailgate party onto the playing field.

Alaska

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Alaska. Give a man a fish and he has food for a day. Fish for a man and he’s food for a week

Arizona

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Arizona. Good fences make good neighbors?

Arkansas

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Arkansas. Promenade across the floor/ Shimmy right on out the door/Stuff a weasel, dress your cat/ These DJ beats are really fat.

Californië

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California. Moonbeams’ mellow is never harshed by her compost-powered Fruitfly brand tri-scooter.

Colorado

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Colorado. Head ‘em up, move ‘em out, send ‘em down…the famous snowboard wranglers of Aspen.

Connecticut

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Connecticut. Nothing’s finer than a moonlit cruise on I-95.

Delaware

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Delaware. Inspired by the title of Emanuel Leutze’s famous painting, Washington Crosses ‘The Delaware.’

Florida

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Florida. Reptilian life-forms rule the beaches of Florida. Luckily, most are slow moving.

Georgia

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Georgia. As it turns out Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara’s passion for one another was easily doused by local firefighters.

Hawaii

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Hawaii. Sometimes extreme surfing is more about the board than the wave.

Idaho

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Idaho. Farmer Abe feels blessed to have a customer whose appetite for spuds is boundless… and the little fellow pays in solid gold.

Illinois

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Illinois. Bugsy’s mom thinks it’s great that he’s running a strictly legitimate lemonade stand this summer. That will keep him out of trouble.

Indiana

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Indiana. After bouncing back from crash after crash all season the mysterious racer won the 500 by driving like he had nothing to lose.

Iowa

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

Kansas

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Kansas. There’s no place like home, but if your home is frequently aloft please consider wearing a parachute indoors.

Kentucky

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Kentucky. Brave adventurers explore the outer reaches of the Kentucky Derby hat.

Louisiana

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Louisiana. A Mardi Gras float is only as good as its clean-up crew.

Maine

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Maine. If you find yourself in a pinch here just rub the swollen area with Moxie.

Maryland

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

Massachusetts

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Massachusetts. The British are coming! That much was obvious to Paul Revere.

Michigan

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Michigan. Robots will never take over the Earth if they remain such nervous nellies.

Minnesota

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

Mississippi

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Mississippi. Slow cooked meat that’s finer than frogs hair.

Missouri

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Missouri. The wakeboarding scenes were edited out of Mark Twain’s books for brevity.

Montana

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Montana. Curiously absent from Lewis and Clark’s journals is Pierre, their loyal manservant.

Nebraska

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Nebraska. Stringfellow approaches Chimney Rock, the Oregon Trail’s most literally named landmark.

Nevada

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Nevada. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas hopes Gilbert, who rarely stage-crashes showgirl performances back in Des Moines.

New Hampshire

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New Hampshire. Robert enjoys climbing in the White Mountains for the solitude that only untouched wilderness provides.

New Jersey

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New Jersey. Situation on the Jersey Shore.

New Mexico

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

New York

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New York. Give me your tired, your poor, your creamy masses of tartar sauce.

North Carolina

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North Carolina. The truth is that while Wilber did most of the flying, Orville had other interests at the Kitty Hawk beach.

North Dakota

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North Dakota. Oh, home on the range, where the reruns of Three’s Company play.

Ohio

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Ohio. They may be pests for presidential candidates but kids love living in a swing state.

Oklahoma

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Oklahoma. Home to famous cattle drives. They can go a long way in their methane-powered rides.

Oregon

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Oregon. Only organic free-range chickens run amok at the Freebird food truck. Just don’t get pecked when you pluck.

Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania. Getting strong now, this cheesesteak’s long, wow! (With apologies to Pittsburgh and the Amish for this Lego depiction of Pennsylvania. Perhaps a Pennsylvania series is in order.)

Rhode Island

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Rhode Island. Sometimes a quahog decides to stuff itself. Why help a friend in need when you can help thousands get a laugh on YouTube?

South Carolina

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South Carolina. Annie May mixes southern culture both genteel and otherwise in her off-road Charleston house.

South Dakota

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South Dakota. A chance encounter provides inspiration for large scale sculpture in the Black Hills.

Tennesee

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Tennessee. One can’t help falling in love with a quadruple layer club sandwich.

Texas

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Texas. Rounding up wayward little doggies on I-10.

Utah

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

Vermont

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Vermont. Stopping for a syrup hit in the northern woods.

Virginia

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Virginia. In the navy you can do just what you please.

Washington

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Washington. We can only close our eyes with clothespins.

West Virginia

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

Wisconsin

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

Wyoming

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Wyoming. The grizzly photo bomber of Yellowstone National Park.

Author: Perry Vermeulen

Helmond, 1982. De veelzijdigheid, daar zit 't 'm in. De afwisseling tussen enorme vlaktes, kleine dorpen en wereldsteden. De mensen, de cultuur. Op je porch in Mississippi met je biertje en de blues, tussen de mensen op Times Square, genieten van Yosemite Valley. Amerika: ik zou er ieder jaar drie keer heen kunnen gaan. In de zomer van 2016 ga ik er voor de vijfde keer heen; dan heb ik zo'n 30 staten gezien.

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  1. Ik vraag me af hoeveel uur letterlijk deze persoon eraan gespendeerd heeft.

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