Melbourne-based artist Stephen Ives has been turning children's toys into art since - well, since he was a kid. His biography points out that "most of his childhood was spent in a large pile of Lego creating whatever he could imagine". But Stephen's recent art project turns an iconic kids' toy on its head: he's created a series of 3D portraits of famous dictators, in the style of Mr. Potato Head.
Many infamous autocrats are represented, all of their faces built on the same base, just like the original Potato Head. But unlike the original, the dictators' features are rendered realistically, and none of them look cartoonishly approachable and whimsical. Which is probably a good thing, since children should not be playing with these guys.
Check out some of his dictator heads below:
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Stephen Ives' website