***New Goal: 250,000 Lego bricks! See Update #6 for details.***
What is Brick Bending?
Brick Bending is a construction technique used to transform regular old rectangular LEGO bricks into smooth, curved geometrical shapes. There's no heating, melting or gluing involved, and although they show a little wear for the experience, your LEGO bricks will come through the process intact.
I've spent the last year building, experimenting, testing (and exploding) dozens of designs, the result of which I call Brick Bending 1.0--a series of fascinating curved geometrical shapes ranging from simple rings, to intersecting circles, to spirals, and beyond.
What's the project?
I want to take all of that blood, sweat and tears (literally) and turn it into series of simple, entertaining, high quality videos that demonstrate how to build each of my core Brick Bending 1.0 designs, all of which I will eventually release, free of charge, on YouTube.
What do you need?
A good HD camera, lighting equipment, video editing hardware and software, studio space, and of course, a lot of LEGO bricks. The more backers I get, the more LEGO I can purchase, which opens up entirely new avenues for future Brick Bending. For every completed design you see in Brick Bending 1.0, I've got ten that are unrealized, and my only limitation is having enough time and raw materials to do the job.
What makes this important?
If this is what you're thinking, then this project probably isn't for you. But if you know an old school LEGO enthusiast (like me) or a kid who loves LEGO, show them Brick Bending and you'll see the reason why. There's nothing quite like someone's face when they see something that they'd never realized was possible. And I want to show them how to do it.
What's your goal?
To unleash a generation of LEGO benders who will create crazy, curved patterns and structures that even I didn't think were possible.
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***Special thanks to the incomparable Rodolfo Ortega for the amazing underscoring in my project video.***
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