ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
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While some of us have to use our imagination to convince ourselves that the LEGO block creation we made actually resembles a spaceship, others are out there creating serious works of art with this medium. Mihai Marius Mihu is one of those people.

Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features

Over the course of seven months, Romanian LEGO artist Mihai Marius Mihu used nearly 40,000 LEGO bricks to create each of the nine circles of Hell from Dante's Divine Comedy. On recreating these scenes, he only used loose descriptions of each of the circles of Hell so he could add a fresh element to an old poem. He told The Telegraph:

I didn't read the Divine Comedy, only the small descriptions of the circles I found on the websites. I didn't want to be much influenced by the original descriptions because I wanted to give a whole new fresh approach for each circle. I thought more about the significance of titles and from then on it was only my imagination.

That's what playing with LEGOs is all about, right? Well, let's see how Mihu used his imagination to depict some of the most epic and historic scenes in literature:

1. Limbo

Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
A place of monotony, here the souls are punished to wander in restless existence while they moan helplessly in echoes between the ruins of a temple.

2. Lust

Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
Surrounded by erotic representations, those overcome by lust are forced to watch and experience disgusting things, ultimately being condemned to drown in the menstrual river.

3. Gluttony

Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
The circle itself is a living abomination, a hellish digestive system revealing horrific faces with mouths ready to devour the gluttons over and over for eternity.

4. Greed

Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
This pompous place is reserved for the punishment of the greedy ones.

5. Anger

Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
In this depressing place the souls are trapped in the swamp, they can’t move and they cannot manifest their frustration which is making them even more angry.

6. Heresy

Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
The giant demon watches closely over his fire pit, dwarfing the damned that are dragging the new arrivals in the boiling lava. Those who committed the greatest sins against God are getting a special treatment inside the temple where they are doomed to burn for eternity in the scorching flames.

7. Violence

Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
A place of intense torture where the horrific screams of the damned are eternally accompanied by the hellish beats of drums.

8. Fraud

Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
In Fraud the Demons enjoy altering the shape of souls, this is how they feed.

9. Treachery

Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
Mihai Marius Mihu / Rex Features
Lucifer lies here chained by the Angelic Seal which keeps him captive in the frozen environment.

Using inspiration like this would have made for for a very different LEGO Movie. The tenth circle of hell is probably stepping on a LEGO with bare feet, right?

(Source: The Telegraph)

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