I have enjoyed building with Lego bricks since childhood. They are a fascinating art medium with possibilities, that to this day, still appear to be as boundless as imagination itself. I particularly like the architectural aspect of Lego. My first Lego house, I put together on the living room carpet when I was less than ten years old. It was a box shape with no roof. It was made of multi-colored bricks and it had red windows and doors. In 1980 I received two yellow castle sets as Christmas presents and from then on all my houses were yellow because I had an abundance of yellow bricks. Today, I have about the same number of pieces but the assortment is better. I bought the Café Corner set and I love it. It’s the greatest set Lego has ever sold. I’ve also recently acquired two Creator sets and the Bat Mobile of all things.
Creating buildings with Lego is also a therapeutic experience. It’s not unusual to spend endless hours assembling a house from the base plate to the chimney without stopping to do anything else. Sometimes the music stops playing and it might be an hour before I pull myself away from the table to change the CD or restart the mp3. Sometimes I don’t notice the silence. It truly is deep meditation. Digging through large plastic tubs filled with Lego, searching for the one tiny piece is such a satisfyingly tactile experience. It rejuvenates my spirit.
My buildings are only limited to the number of bricks I happen to own. I see buildings on-line that people have built from tens of thousands of pieces and I am in awe. My little houses pale in comparison with those structures, many of them scale models of famous cathedrals, high rises and landmarks. Mine are not even based loosely on real buildings. They are completely of my own design. Some are furnished and others are left empty only because of my rush to call a project done, snap pictures, tear it apart and move on to the next one. Some are built with a fabulous new design style called “modular” where the various levels lift off of one another and the other style is the traditional “doll house” where the back of the home is left completely open, hence the name. I like the modular style better but most of my buildings are done in the dollhouse style because it saves valuable pieces which would have been used on the unseen backside for the façade. Less wasted bricks means bigger and better structures.
To build or not to build?
That, is an easy question.