Some of my heritage is Swedish, and I’ve always loved the simple beauty of the traditional Swedish Dala Horse.
Originating from the province of Dalarna, the painted wooden horses were originally carved as toys for children, but gained wide popularity as souvenirs of Sweden at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. They continue to be collected and displayed proudly in homes today.
Recently I decided to see if I could come up with a simple and elegant LEGO representation of the Dala Horse:
And once I started building them I started looking for fun ways to decorate them. Soon I began making other variations and I was amazed at how much could be conveyed in the Dala horse form.
So, here’s my first batch of pop culture LEGO Dala horses! Enjoy!
I’ve got ideas for dozens of other LEGO Dala horses, so stay tuned!