Brickworld Chicago - 2019

I'm so thrilled to say that after nine straight years of exhibiting at Brickworld Chicago, and eight 'Best Small Building' nominations, I FINALLY won for Notre-Dame de Paris! I'm a little beyond words right now for also receiving the 'Judges Award' for the first time for Mount Rushmore! Completely blown away and so profoundly grateful for everyone's support along the way on this crazy journey!

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Notre-Dame de Paris

As someone with a background in architecture and, shall we say, a certain fondness for replicating world landmarks in LEGO, last month's fire at Notre-Dame left me feeling gutted. That same day, I realized how much I take the world's vast architectural heritage for granted. The day after, I began feverishly designing a model of Notre-Dame so that those who I'm fortunate enough to share it with at exhibitions can learn about its precedence alongside other world landmarks. And from now on, ten percent of all my signed print sales at exhibitions will be donated to The Getty Foundation; a charitable organization that works to preserve and restore architectural heritage in every corner of the world.

I would highly encourage you to view all the photos and read the detailed model walkthroughs on my Flickr page: This model will be making its public debut this weekend at BrickUniverse in Columbus, Ohio!

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Landmark | Landscape: 10-year Commemorative Model

When I started to think of a model that could commemorate my ten-year milestone, I knew I had to find a subject both truly representative of my works’ titular ideas and, ideally, a place to which I have a meaningful and emotional connection. Having visited Mount Rushmore numerous times growing up, I thought immediately of the history of the monument. There’s certainly the American history it represents. Then there’s my history of experiencing this monument; South Dakota road trips; pot roast in the Carver’s Café; family pictures on the Grand View Terrace; walks up and down the Presidential Trail; staying for the evening show at the amphitheater. I take comfort and inspiration in knowing that ten years on – and half a million pieces later – sometimes it takes a few looks backward to take one huge leap forward! 

I HIGHLY encourage you to read through the descriptions of each high-res image on my Flickr page.

Dedicated to my parents & my brothers: our adventures together are the bedrock of my inspiration.

PC: Christopher Eyerly

LEGO World Copenhagen!

SURPRISE - I'm in Copenhagen for LEGO World!  Normally, I would have brought about sixty models with me, but I settled instead for the chance to sign sixty of the CPH Skyline set I designed, for sixty very deserving exhibitors of the Fan Zone. A huge thank-you to Jan Smed and Line Ann La Cour for making this Fan Zone surprise possible! 

Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco

Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco - my final model of 2018! Of all the things I've learned this year, perhaps the fact that there are more than 915,000,000 ways to combine six 2x4 LEGO bricks is the most profound. That's about all I needed to know when I started to question whether this model was even possible! In the end, I used a few more than six bricks, which must mean there are infinitely more ways to make it at this scale! 😉 Anyway, thanks for a fantastic 2018, and I'm looking forward to an even better 2019!

For detailed descriptions with each image, feel free to view my album on Flickr.

CN Tower, Toronto

CN Tower, Toronto; my latest, but also one of my oldest. I made the tower back in 2010, and finally got around to designing a proper base for it in the last few weeks.

You can see more images and read detailed descriptions about the real building and the model on my Flickr.

Highland Park Place - Commission

My latest commission model, Highland Park Place, consists of more than 1,100 pieces and was commissioned as a Christmas present for one of the building's developers.

Highland Park Place is an eighteen-story highrise located in the Knox Henderson District in Dallas. Since it was completed in 1984, the building has offered more than 164,000 sq ft of office space and it is currently owned by KBS Realty Advisors.

Tyler Technologies Commission

A couple weeks ago, I traveled to Minneapolis to install my largest commission yet; a sculpture and live-build mosaic for Tyler Technologies at a trade show. The sculpture was a yellow "80" to celebrate the company's eightieth anniversary and the live-build was assembled by the attendees out of 384 8x8 sections made up of 24,576 individual 1x1 bricks! Certainly outside of my typical architectural purview, but I'm happier for it having learned some completely new workflows!

LEGO House Masterpiece Gallery

From one Harry Potter set at the age of six, to the Masterpiece Gallery of the LEGO House in Billund; I'd say my heart and soul are in the art I make and exhibit, but I think they're more so with the people I've met and the unimaginable opportunities that have come as a result!️

My layout of Chicago's Magnificent Mile will be on display in the Masterpiece Gallery of the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark for the next year!

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