Is a Lego Koran Next?

Photo: Brendan Powell Smith

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While tea partiers, Muslims, and the feds fret over the “Ground Zero Mosque,” one artist has built a religious monument of an entirely different sort.

The world may have been created in six days, but it’s taken Brendan Powell Smith more than eight years and $15,000 to create The Brick Testament, a painstaking reconstruction of 4,500 biblical scenes made entirely from Legos.

Below is his version of Genesis 38:9-10, in which Onan sleeps with his brother’s wife, tries not to impregnate her, and learns the hard way that Yahweh exacts a significant penalty for early withdrawal:

Photos by Brendan Powell Smith

(For more birth control methods and trivia over the years, check out our “Masters of the Uterus” timeline here.)

 

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