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The most amazing 200,000-piece Lego alien city you've seen

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(Credit: Mike Doyle)

Lego artist Mike Doyle has created an absolutely jaw-dropping extraterrestrial Lego city called K'al Yne.

Forty-five-year-old graphic designer Mike Doyle is best known in Lego MOC circles for his crumbling Victorian houses — but the city of K'al Yne on the alien world of Odan might just be his most ambitious project yet.

Detail of the Sanctuary Gate. Click to view full size.
(Credit: Mike Doyle)

Crafted out of more than 200,000 Lego pieces and taking over 600 hours to build, the sculpture, designed entirely by Doyle, depicts a wondrous alien civilisation. There's something of the Gothic about his soaring spires, bridges and buttresses, and the villages clustered about the city's base.

The citizens of Odan, says Doyle, are peaceful; they have never known war or murder, and the city of K'al Yne houses one of the purest expressions of this existence.

One of Odan's great cultural icons is the Eternal Choir. Based in the small, but ancient town of K'al Yne, the choir has been singing uninterrupted for 1000 years. Thousands of citizens participate a few hours a day, forming an atmosphere filled with music. Now the millennial celebration has come, and visitors throughout this and many other galaxies have come to witness the event.

We think the sculpture is jaw-dropping as it stands — yet Doyle hopes it's just the first of a series. The creator has turned to Kickstarter to fund the continuation of his creative endeavours.

He's not expecting backers just to pay to look at more pictures of Lego cities, though: with each pledge tier from US$13, donators will receive a gift: archival prints of the city; and from US$35, DIY kits for the individual buildings that make up K'al Yne.

What's also interesting is the difference between the Contact 1 Kickstarter and Doyle's first attempt to fund the series. Notable changes include much better photography, a lower funding goal, and rewards that offer better value to the backers.

At time of writing, Doyle had received US$2031 of his US$1000 goal. We're very much looking forward to seeing what he can come up with next.

Visit the Contact 1 Kickstarter page to see the rest of the amazing pictures and to back Doyle's project.

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