Although I'm not really big on building stuff with LEGO bricks, even on my spare time, I was excited to attend the 2015 Brick Universe at Irving Convention Center last Saturday. Why? Because I got 2 dudes in my family! And because it wasn't just a LEGO art exhibition, but they had so many activities for kids of all ages! We got there at around 11.30 a.m. (it only took us about 5 minutes to get to ICC, yay!), and after getting our ticket at the lobby, we were 'greeted' by this gigantic Manhattan Bridge made of LEGO. Whaaaat?
Yes it's real. And since the genius behind this remarkable work was hanging around the exhibition area, I decided to approach him and do a little interview. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Jonathan Lopes.
I must admit that I thought his last name was spelled "Lo-pez" like J-Lo's, but it's actually Lopes haha! So I literally said, "Hi, Jonathan Lo-pez!" :P Thankfully he pardoned my misunderstanding and answered my questions anyway.
Lopes has always been a creative person, and since 1997 has been 'playing around' with LEGO bricks as his creative outlet. He started by buying a few LEGO kits to build a train layout. As he gained more knowledge and experience, about 5 years ago, Lopes started to build commission pieces for office buildings and exhibitions. However, this is not his full-time job. Whaaat.
It took him up to 50 hours to build this bridge! And to my surprise, he did NOT use any computer programs to help him design the whole thing! "I depended on my knowledge of the LEGO pieces," he said. "I'm all about doing it organically."
Although many people would want to hear him say that the Manhattan Bridge is his favourite work, Lopes admitted that his favourite is actually this piece modelled after a Fire Fighter Building. He likes it because of the green trees.
There were a lot of other cool stuff that you could find at the LEGO convention, like Clone Army Customs, LEGO Roses, and robotic legos.
Not to mention cool LEGO artworks, besides Lopes', with so many different themes from famous skyscrapers to Star Wars.
What a right timing! #PrayforParis
Of course the Stormtrooper had to be here.
They also had tons of activities that expanded kids' creativity as it entertained them like building walls with giant LEGO bricks, inflatable slides, and many more!
My favourite LEGO piece to work with though was this dude right here. I wish I could take him home with me!
It'd make a good lunch bag wouldn't it? ;) Oh well.