Building Sustainability in Brick Town

I recently created this small LEGO display for the City of Vancouver, to showcase dozens of aspects of green and sustainable development that the city is pursuing. Some examples include permeable paving, bioswales, and rooftop solar.

I designed and built the display in about 80 hours, over a two-month period in the fall. Credit for building the ‘Repair Cafe’ goes to Andrew Delbaere. Also, many thanks to Amanda and team from the Sustainability Group at CoV for their work on the concept and research.

The display is made of approximately 12,500 pieces, 100 custom stickers, and 30 LEGO minifigures.

The display is travelling with the Sustainability Group. If you see them at an event, the LEGO might be there too.

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Huge LEGO exhibit at the Museum of Surrey is open till Sep 13th

If you have any interest in seeing a lot of LEGO, mark your calendar and head out to the Museum of Surrey. The VLC (Adult LEGO club) has a great exhibit on until Sep 13th. It called Worlds of Wonder, and feature Wonderful things about our world in three categories; Technological Wonder, Natural Wonders and Historic Wonders.

Check out the Museum website for exhibit details.

Building for the Museum of Surrey

Many serious building at the VLC have been working hard to create a new exhibit for the Museum of Surrey. The exhibit open April 25th.

I am working on a number of different pieces for the exhibit, the largest of which (and the largest footprint of any build I have done) is a world map. It measures 16 feet across, at a scale of 55km/1-brick/stud.The map uses about 40,000 LEGO pieces and took most of my green plates. I was only able to set up a few continents at a time at home. Here are the Americas taking over my living room. Once finished, I boxed them up and continued on.

A few days ago, I finally got to lay the whole thing out at the Museum.

The Exhibit runs till Sep 13th.

Fluorescent Ceiling Lights using LED strips

I recently lit up a few buildings for an exhibit and I wanted to show how I did it. I'm not sure if I'm the first person to do this, but no one in my LUG had seen this done before.

Step 1. build a roof with a 1-brick cavity (or bigger) to fit your LED lighting product. In this build, I used a flexible single colour LED rope light.

Step 2. Close the roof all around it, covering the parts of the LED lighting that won't be exposed. Then add your 1x2x5 clear bricks.

Step 3. Pop the roof onto your building. (note that in this case, I did a 'green roof' and had to add a little more green to the seems to hide light-leakage.

And that's it. You have fluorescent lighting (there is no other light source in this photo).

Why Voting Sucks in Brickish Columbia

I brainstormed this idea with my friend Dayla Hart; and she took the lead as director while I pulled out bins of pieces and started building sets.  I’ll write up a little more on the creative process soon, but wanted to put this up now. With the Municipal Elections over, I hope that voters across the province will turn the attention to the extremely important issue of Electoral Reform.

Election BC has an excellent, in-depth and non-partisan explanation of both questions in this referendum and the potential new systems.
I also recommend Fair Vote Canada’s perspective, which is strongly in favour of Proportional Representation. Or my long rant in favour.
And last, if you have already heard on the radio that the skies will fall if we change our voting system, it’s worth having a look at this excellent Fact Check Site.

Dear (LEGO®) City Council

I had fun with the folks at Dear City Council this week. They asked for help creating LEGO versions of some some candidates. I supplied the pieces and a little expertise, and they had fun creating politicians.

 

The build got some media attention and hopefully inspired some new voters, both young and old.

Building the Exhibit at the New West Museum

The entire team at the VLC (Vancouver Adult LEGO® Club) has been working tirelessly to build a transportation exhibit for the Museum of New Westminster., called People Gotta Move.

Every giant LEGO display starts with a good foundation. Why cheat and use plywood you might ask? Well, in order to set up all the cars and mini figures, we had to be able to walk down the streets during set.

 

 

And here is the same wooden table with a few layers of LEGO added.

 

I totally recommend checking this exhibit out. The Museum is 2 walking minutes away from the New West Skytrain Station; and entry is by donation.

Ice Cream!

I was making some store fronts for a town display and figured I should make my favourite Ice Cream place, Umaluma!

It’s so hard to build LEGO when it’s sunny so I have been taking lots of breaks to bike to Umaluma.

Sorry the image is dark. This is inside a mall with really bad LED lighting. 🙂

 

Building the Wall!

Just wanted to share some old photos from 2016.

I should mention that this had nothing to do with Trump. David Guedes, Keith Reed, and I started planning this project in Late 2014, and we completed it in April 2016.

Based on the giant Ice Wall from Game of Thrones, this large lego build was 4.6 feet tall and 5 feet wide. While we never counted, it’s fair to guess it’s about 100,000 pieces.

And here is a great video of me talking about the wall at Brickcon 2016

Dave Guedes and I working on the North Side landscaping.

You can also see a time lapse video of us assembling the wall modules, and doing all the decorating at BrickCon in Oct 2016. This process took about 8 hours, with 2 people working on it most of the time.

Corporate Logo

I have only build a few corporate logos, and this one was not the most interesting build, but they did have me do a giant LEGO play area for 40 kids at a big staff/family event. And they kept the logo at the end, of course. The funny part is, years later I was asking a layer friend about finding a lawyer for a project and he recommended his sister, who is always a lawyer. And sure enough, I walked into her firm and there was my brick-built logo. Small world.

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