CULTURE & ARTS
07/23/2014 05:33 pm ET Updated Jul 24, 2014

Jeff Friesen's Mini Stereotypes Of LEGO America Are Coming To A Coffee Table Near You

Jeff Friesen isn't looking to take over the world, but he is looking to re-create it -- and he's doing it brick-by-brick.

As the creator of the wildly popular LEGO scenes "The Great LEGO North," "The 50 States of LEGO" and the recent "Bricksy," Friesen's work has been ruling the LEGO-loving internet since he laid the first brick last fall.

Now, the Canadian photographer's U.S. series is getting the hard copy treatment: A book with forty exclusive new scenes will be released in September.

(See "The 50 States of LEGO" below.)

With a mix of sight gags (Delaware) and pop culture (Iowa), Friesen uses "The 50 States of LEGO" to riff on the impressions, history and stereotypes from each state in the union. Speaking from his home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Friesen told HuffPost that he's confident in his insights into the 50 states -- despite being a native Manitoban.

“I lived in the states for a couple of years, and I’m pretty well-traveled," Friesen said. "I’ve been to about 37 states -- though many of them were visited at high speed while driving.”

For Maryland, a state Friesen hasn't visited, he seized on the state's iconic seafood. Other states, like Illinois, are represented by their largest or most iconic city: the Land of Lincoln has two new exclusive scenes featured in the book that depict The Blues Brothers and the St. Patrick's Day tradition of dying the river green and -- both distinctly Chicago institutions.

Friesen only uses official LEGO bricks and pieces to create his scenes, a limitation that has forced him to get extra-creative in some instances: "For Georgia, I can’t do a peach farmer, because you can’t do peaches in LEGOS."

This, Friesen explained, is also why his LEGO citizens have a carb-heavy diet of bread, croissant, pizza, and the occasional chicken drumstick or carrot.

While the clever captions and scenes can be a little subversive at times, Friesen said the series has turned out to be virtually "troll-proof," receiving largely positive feedback.

"More often than not, people are in agreement about my [characterizations]," Friesen said. "My Canada ones are a little more pointed than the ones I made for the U.S., because I live here."

After his "The 50 States of LEGO" book is released, Friesen said he'll look to build scenes of London. He also plans to collaborate more with the builder who inspired his LEGO artwork to begin with -- his 7-year-old daughter, June.

"June's a really a good builder," Friesen said. "She’s much more abstract than me: She’ll have a werewolf running a coffee shop.”

  • Alabama
    "The rising Crimson Tide washes tailgaters onto the playing field—or so they later claimed to the referee."
    Jeff Friesen
    "The rising Crimson Tide washes tailgaters onto the playing field—or so they later claimed to the referee."
  • Alaska
    "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Fish for a man and he is food for a week."
    Jeff Friesen
    "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Fish for a man and he is food for a week."
  • Arizona
    "To be honest, John and Juan are still on the fence about their friendship."
    Jeff Friesen
    "To be honest, John and Juan are still on the fence about their friendship."
  • Arkansas
    "Promenade across the floor, Shimmy right on out the door, Henpeck a chicken, buff your cat, These DJ beats are really fat."
    Jeff Friesen
    "Promenade across the floor, Shimmy right on out the door, Henpeck a chicken, buff your cat, These DJ beats are really fat."
  • California (North)
    "Moonbeam's compost-powered hybrid generates a respectable 32 fruit flies per rotting banana peel."
    Jeff Friesen
    "Moonbeam's compost-powered hybrid generates a respectable 32 fruit flies per rotting banana peel."
  • California (South)
    "Referring to Twinkie-Poo as an accessory pet was their first mistake."
    Jeff Friesen
    "Referring to Twinkie-Poo as an accessory pet was their first mistake."
  • Colorado
    "Head 'em up, move 'em out, send 'em down...the snowboard wranglers of Aspen hoof it on the slopes."
    Jeff Friesen
    "Head 'em up, move 'em out, send 'em down...the snowboard wranglers of Aspen hoof it on the slopes."
  • Connecticut
    "Cruising with the Stepford wives of I-95."
    Jeff Friesen
    "Cruising with the Stepford wives of I-95."
  • Delaware
    "Inspired by Emanuel Leutze's famous painting, <em>Washington Crosses the Delaware.</em>"
    Jeff Friesen
    "Inspired by Emanuel Leutze's famous painting, Washington Crosses the Delaware."
  • Florida
    "Reptilian life-forms rule the beaches of Florida. Most are slow-moving, but some will strike without warning at a 4:00 p.m.
    Jeff Friesen
    "Reptilian life-forms rule the beaches of Florida. Most are slow-moving, but some will strike without warning at a 4:00 p.m. dinner special."
  • Georgia
    "As it turns out, Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara's passion for one another was easily doused by local firefighters."
    Jeff Friesen
    "As it turns out, Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara's passion for one another was easily doused by local firefighters."
  • Hawaii
    "Sometimes extreme surfing is more about the board than the wave."
    Jeff Friesen
    "Sometimes extreme surfing is more about the board than the wave."
  • Idaho
    "Farmer Abe is justifiably wary of little green men, but this wee fellow has big eyes for taters...not to mention he pays in
    Jeff Friesen
    "Farmer Abe is justifiably wary of little green men, but this wee fellow has big eyes for taters...not to mention he pays in solid gold."
  • Illinois
    "Bugsy's mom is thrilled that he's running his own lemonade stand this summer. And to think, he hasn't rubbed out any of his
    Jeff Friesen
    "Bugsy's mom is thrilled that he's running his own lemonade stand this summer. And to think, he hasn't rubbed out any of his playmates since June."
  • Indiana
    "After bouncing back from harrowing crashes all season, an unknown racer won the Indy 500 by driving as if he had nothing to
    Jeff Friesen
    "After bouncing back from harrowing crashes all season, an unknown racer won the Indy 500 by driving as if he had nothing to lose."
  • Iowa
    "Every summer you see them emerging bright yellow from their green jackets: the children of the corn."
    Jeff Friesen
    "Every summer you see them emerging bright yellow from their green jackets: the children of the corn."
  • Kansas
    "There's no place like home, but if your house is frequently blown aloft, it helps to wear a parachute indoors."
    Jeff Friesen
    "There's no place like home, but if your house is frequently blown aloft, it helps to wear a parachute indoors."
  • Kentucky
    "Brave belles explore the outer reaches of the Kentucky Derby hat."
    Jeff Friesen
    "Brave belles explore the outer reaches of the Kentucky Derby hat."
  • Louisiana
    "A Mardi Gras float is only as good as its cleanup crew."
    Jeff Friesen
    "A Mardi Gras float is only as good as its cleanup crew."
  • Maine
    "If you find yourself in a pinch, just rub the swollen area with moxie."
    Jeff Friesen
    "If you find yourself in a pinch, just rub the swollen area with moxie."
  • Maryland
    "Today the crabs decided to have a picnic of their own."
    Jeff Friesen
    "Today the crabs decided to have a picnic of their own."
  • Massachusetts
    "The British are coming! How Paul Revere figured it out is anyone's guess."
    Jeff Friesen
    "The British are coming! How Paul Revere figured it out is anyone's guess."
  • Michigan
    "Machines will never replace humans in manufacturing or caption writing. Ha! 

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    Jeff Friesen
    "Machines will never replace humans in manufacturing or caption writing. Ha! —This automated caption generated by Dumbchuckle Software's Groaner 5.1"
  • Minnesota
    "Some places have a dry cold. In Minnesota it's a nice cold, okey-dokey?"
    Jeff Friesen
    "Some places have a dry cold. In Minnesota it's a nice cold, okey-dokey?"
  • Mississippi
    "Slow-cooked meat that's finer than frog's hair and tenderer than toad love."
    Jeff Friesen
    "Slow-cooked meat that's finer than frog's hair and tenderer than toad love."
  • Missouri
    "The wakeboarding scenes were edited out of Mark twain's books for brevity."
    Jeff Friesen
    "The wakeboarding scenes were edited out of Mark twain's books for brevity."
  • Montana
    "Curiously absent from Lewis and Clark's journals is Gaston, their faithful manservant."
    Jeff Friesen
    "Curiously absent from Lewis and Clark's journals is Gaston, their faithful manservant."
  • Nebraska
    "Chimney Rock has to be around here somewhere."
    Jeff Friesen
    "Chimney Rock has to be around here somewhere."
  • Nevada
    "<em>What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, </em>hopes Gilbert, who rarely stage-crashes showgirl performances back in Des Moi
    Jeff Friesen
    "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, hopes Gilbert, who rarely stage-crashes showgirl performances back in Des Moines."
  • New Hampshire
    "Robert enjoys climbing in the White Mountains for the solitude that only untouched wilderness provides."
    Jeff Friesen
    "Robert enjoys climbing in the White Mountains for the solitude that only untouched wilderness provides."
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