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​Artist makes Day of the Dead skull sculptures with Lego

These unusual Lego sculptures make for a colorful tribute to the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos.

It takes 600 Lego bricks to make each skull.
David Hughes

Think of Lego and many think of building a model of Batman's hideout or constructing the "Force Awakens" Jakku set.

Not UK artist David Hughes. When he builds something out of the bricks, it's a homage to the spiritual holiday Day of the Dead instead of a pop culture reference.

Day of the Dead, also called Dia de los Muertos, is celebrated Nov. 1 and 2 in Mexico, other Latin American countries and parts of the US to honor deceased family members and friends.

Traditionally, people make elaborate altars decorated with mementos, photos and food as gifts to the spirits of dead loved ones. The altars also display colorfully painted sugar skulls called calaveras.

Hughes' Lego sculptures of skulls, which resemble calaveras, include vibrant reds, grays, yellows and blues, and feature decorative geometric patterns made from more than 600 bricks.

The skull sculptures measure 6.5 inches wide by 3.8 inches deep by 10.2 inches high (16.6 centimeters by 9.6 centimeters by 26 centimeters), and Hughes recently started selling them on his Etsy store for $402 (about £307, AU $528) each.

Even though Day of the Dead isn't until November, these skulls might just inspire Lego fans to build elaborate calaveras of their own. Or just to add a bit of unusual home decor.