Exhibition brings Lego to life

5 June 2019|Community News| Off Comments off on Exhibition brings Lego to life|

FROM years eight to 80, everybody loves Lego.

Lego bricks, Lego figurines, Lego movies, Lego cake, Legoland – after more than 80 years these colourful construction toys continue to capture the imagination of children and adults alike around the world.

Once such individual is Glenorchy local Brent Prins, who is seeking to bring his love of Lego to a larger audience with an interactive exhibition called “Brickstacular.”

Held on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June, the exhibition will feature a range of interactive custom Lego displays, a train layout and even a nerf gun shooting range with mobile Lego targets.

Charging $2 at the door, the proceeds from the event will be donated to Craniofacial Australia and Give Me 5 For Kids.

Mr Prins, who has Craniofacial Disorder, said he fell in love with Lego at an early age when he used it to help with his hands.

“That was at three or four years of age, and it has just grown from there,” he said.

“After taking a break in my teenage years, I renewed my passion for Lego in 2008 and I’m gradually getting better at it as I get older.

“I love putting it together, and seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces when they see and interact with the displays really keeps me going.”

Mr Prins said the idea for Brickstacular had been a long time coming, involving a lot of planning and people telling him it wouldn’t happen.

“It started with a small exhibition as part of the Model Makers Expo and since then I have just persisted, starting small and seeing the interest grow,” he said.

“But this exhibition will be different in that it will be more interactive.

“We want to bring Lego to life through this exhibition and make it more realistic, while at the same time going back to the main principal of raising money for the community.”

All displays at Brickstacular will be handmade, with the main attraction being the “Hobart Lug” display, which took 25 hours to complete.

Lego custom builder Marcus Vanson said although the display was put together on short notice, it had come up “very well.”

“Brett is the imagination behind the display and I’ve helped to design and build it,” he said.

“Lego is a toy that all ages can enjoy and I’ve been deeply in love with it for 15 years, coming only second to my partner.

“It’s amazing how much Lego can teach you about yourself and for me, it has helped me get over a major accident in the building trade.

“Anyone can pick it up – at the end of the day, it’s all about letting the imagination flow.”

Mr Prins invited all community members to attend and support the Brickstacular exhibition.

“It’s going to be great fun and we’re raising money for two great causes,” he said.

Brickstacular will be held on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June at the Goodwood Community Centre from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Admission will be $2 per person.

For more information, contact Brent Prins on 0417 589 356 or email brentprins@bigpond.com.

Caption: A scene from the ‘Hobart Lug’ interactive display, which will feature at the upcoming Brickstacular exhibition.

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