For whatever reason, building that Christmas tree the other day got me thinking about other Christmas themed builds. Mind you, I’m not usually a “Christmasy” kind of guy, but one has to admit the season is replete with imagery one can render in Lego.
So, here is my microscale build of Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem.
Here is a space station and space ships in subscale I built from a recently arrived random 1 pound of grey bricks. I used about half the bricks that came in this build.
One of the things that brought me back to brick building as an adult was the amazing way in which building is also a chance for storytelling. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the juxtaposition of building and storytelling forms a kind of dimensional art that is both very ancient and very modern at the same time.
For me, many of my builds start as stories that find some part of their expression in the form of a build. As an aspiring writer and artist, I have lots of ideas that simply elude being expressed in those forms, yet somehow find their expression in bricks. And, it’s not an infrequent occurrence that those stories eventually find their way back into writing or art.
That’s one of the amazing things about that pile of bricks. It’s a kids toy and a learning toy to be sure, but it’s far more a medium of expression for all sorts of things. That makes those little pieces of plastic beautiful to me.
Let’s go tell a story…
Here’s a screen shot of my LDD patrol ship design. A couple of notes about this design: 1. LDD won’t let you sideways build horizontally, so the ship is vertical. 2. LDD won’t let me stick connectors in the angle bricks, so there should be two on the top and bottom of the hull. 3. LDD won’t let me stick the engine nacelles on the connectors, so one is next to the ship for representation.