Since 2009, I have created numerous skyscraper models at a common 1:650 scale. I find the experience of capturing my desired level of realism both challenging and enjoyable. While my initial focus is to celebrate the built environment by expressing landmarks through the medium of LEGO®, I have come to appreciate the idea of capturing a contiguous urban landscape; not only for the purpose of connecting individual models of buildings adjacent to one another in real life, but to portray a realistic expression of a cityscape. My hope is to one day form a contiguous layout of the downtown area of Chicago.
Though Chicago has been and remains to be the primary focus of my efforts, my collection has never been limited to a single city. After completing my first model, Willis Tower, back in 2009, my second project was the Empire State Building, and the third, Burj Khalifa in Dubai. As of just this month, my collection includes models from nine global cities, including Chicago, New York City, Dubai, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto & Shanghai, with models of Dallas and London landmarks soon-to-be-revealed.
Over the years, I have displayed at numerous venues and enjoyed the excitement of countless viewers who have often been inspired by the potential of LEGO as an artistic medium. Having grown up in Buffalo Grove, IL, a suburb northwest of Chicago, I attribute my dedication to my artistic qualities and attention to detail to a variety of life influences, including my years in the BSA (culminating in my achievement of Eagle Scout in 2009) and the architecture of Chicago, which influenced my choice in studies. I am currently a fourth-year student in the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology.
Since coming to IIT, my display's exposure has only increased, with coverage from numerous local media outlets, including DNAinfo, RedEye, Curbed Chicago, North Loop News, Chicago Inno, NBC 5 News & WGN Radio. I have also displayed at numerous venues throughout the city; the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Engineering Day in 2013, Prudential Plaza in 2014 (hosted by Jones Lang LaSalle), and regularly at IIT's annual Block City event in July. Since 2011, my display has also been featured at Brickworld Chicago (where I recently won 'Best Individual Layout' for my North Loop Layout) every Father's Day weekend. A select few of my models have also been featured in two books; "Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark" by Mike Doyle, and "The LEGO Architect" by Tom Alphin.
Most recently, my exposure has helped me receive an invitation to display my models in London this December. The event, known as BRICK 2015, will be held at ExCel in London from December 9th through 13th. While the event committee is providing for my lodging and airfare, I am currently working with my university, Illinois Institute of Technology, to seek fundraising for the cost of shipping the models to the show and back. The total estimated amount is about $5,500. I am, therefore, reaching out in hopes that others may be able to help sponsor me for this expense. In total, I will be bringing my entire collection of 43 models as the UK crowd has never experienced a display quite like mine. No amount is too small, as every bit helps. Maybe think of it as if you're agreeing to help send one model at a time with donations of $130 (about 1/43 of the total cost).
Risks and challenges
There is always the risk of loss or damage to any products in transit. This is why we chose a carrier recommended to us by the event coordinators of BRICK 2015. The total amount also includes insurance coverage for the models. In addition, the models are to be securely packed in several 37-gallon capacity DeWalt and Husky hard-plastic tool trunks and will be shipped as one unit strapped to a palette, both to and from London.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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