Lego Metro train

I can now reveal my latest project – a 3 metre long recreation of a Tyne and Wear Metro train! Well, half of it at least. The other half will be built by a team of 5-11 year olds at The Word in South Shields in August, following instructions I’ve produced for my half. Simple! A fantastic challenge and I’m really excited to see how it will work out.

Tickets to help with the build went incredibly quickly, but the event is free for anyone to come along and watch. It’s August 7th-11th, with the public build sessions running at 10am and 2pm. Hopefully by the Friday afternoon the whole 3 metres will be complete…

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Building Bridges at Maker Faire

What a fantastic weekend! My first experience of Maker Faire as a visitor or exhibitor was great fun. The challenge in my Lego area was to build a bridge that would span the ‘river’ (painted MDF), whilst being high enough to allow a boat to pass, or move in some way. Other than a couple of books about bridges lying around, there was no other instruction or guiding, and the range of bridges that appeared over the two days was brilliant! From 5-minute wonders to carefully thought out and detailed marvels of engineering that took an hour or two, and plenty in between, there was a fantastic display of creativity and imagination. Kids as young as 3 were pleased as punch to put a few pieces together that spanned the river, and plenty of ‘grown ups’ lost themselves for quite some time¬†bringing their visions to life.

Here are a selection of my favourites…

 

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Made a couple of little scenes for a mate’s birthday recently. On the left is us measuring holes left by melting ice blocks in Iceland in 1997, and on the right is English class at high school, chucking paper in the bin behind the teacher’s back.

Got me thinking that this approach might be great as bespoke gifts… Could do anything! How two people met, wedding day, favourite holiday memory. Drop me a line if you fancy me putting something together for you…

North East Lego Landmarks exhibition now open!

This weekend my exhibition at the Centre for Life, Newcastle, opened. North East Lego Landmarks showcases my work from the last couple of years recreating iconic buildings and structures from the North East of England. It includes Angel of the North, BALTIC, Civic Centre, St James’ Park, Transporter Bridge and more.

Reaction so far has been fantastic, and I’m thrilled with how the models look in the Centre.

The exhibition runs until May 14th and entry is included with the standard tickets price for the Centre. See here for more details.