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.
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.
I brainstormed the 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.
If you want a fast and simple explanation of all three new systems, I suggest this one.
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.
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
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.
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.
When Building a LEGO project, I don’t ever imagine that I will make kids cry, but it happened once. I built this Mc D’s for a 1950s layout, based on the original location with the arches.
And stealing a joke from the Simpsons, I put a truck in the back, unloading one of every animal into the kitchen. I built this in 2006 so there were far fewer LEGO animals available. But there were Polar Bears, Monkeys, Snakes, Rats, Cats, Frogs and Horses!
Anyway, A kid saw it and started crying “Mom, it’s not true! It’s not true!”
I built this imperial fort for the the Surrey Museum’s LEGO® Pirate exhibit in 2010.
Though the fort is a unique creation, the architectural style is loosely based on a Dutch fort I visited in the north of Brazil, Fort Natal. (Credit to Allan Corbeil and Dave De Gobbi for the houses behind the fort)
You can also see a great video of my whirlpool from the same exhibit here.
While the fort was based on reality, the whirlpool was entirely fictional 🙂
The motorized whirlpool spun along side the Coral Castle I build. Random fact; I used approx 800 1×1 round white plates and bricks to make the coral, mostly jammed sideways into the open holes of Technic bricks. The best part is that I didn’t have to do it alone. I had many hours of help from VLC members Pierre and Pascal.