Gamers have been making virtual artwork in Minecraft since the game first came out five years ago, but overall their creations have been kept simple and square, like 3D versions of 8- or 16-bit pixel art.
However, the art created in Minecraft is limited only by the artist's imagination, dedication and the amount of time they have available to organize thousands, if not millions, of cubes into a detailed work of digital art.
The new book Beautiful Minecraft by No Starch Press collects images of some of the more epic and impressive works created by Minecraft players, including the piece Deep Sea created by nine builders in six days using 32 million blocks.
The piece at the top of the post is Vegard Elseth's Lindblum Gate, which took 60 days and 300 thousand blocks to build, followed by Will Loader's A Futuristic Past, which took 28 days and 9 million blocks to build.
And that simply gorgeous looking landscape shot? That's Andrzej Czerniewski's Magic Of Colors, which took him 22 days to build and contains 7 billion blocks.
I wonder how long it would take to create a 3D print of each piece...