From May 29 until June 7 (09:00am) ten unique pieces of LEGO brick art will be installed along Macquarie St, Sydney, before moving to galleries in New South Wales and Queensland.
These vibrant creations are up to 1.1m tall, made of over 300,000 bricks in total, and took over a month to build! Download a location map here.
So how did the awesome people we worked with come up with their creations? Read on to learn more about the inspiration behind their artworks.
Louise Whelan – Photographer
An Earthly Drop In
Revisiting the 1960s, the decade that the LEGO brick was first introduced to Australia, Louise Whelan’s Brickworks design illustrates man first landing on the moon. Recognising the sense of achievement experienced by Aussies of all ages after finishing a LEGO model, Louise’s piece features both an adult and a child.
Benja Harney – Paper Engineer
Playing With Colour and the Third Dimension
For self-taught Paper Engineer, Benja Harney, “play” is one of the core elements of his work practice. Benja’s 3D LEGO Brickworks creation has been designed to inspire curiosity and draw the viewer in further.
Kitiya Palaskas – Craft-based Designer
Never Ending Fun
“Never ending fun” is the first thing that comes to mind for Kitiya Palaskas when she thinks about her LEGO brick experiences, and this is exactly what her kitsch LEGO Brickworks design portrays, taking inspiration from traditional cross-stitch and heartfelt messages.
Max Treffkorn – 6-year-old Child Artist
Building a great 3D superhero the size of a building is the first thing that comes to mind when 6-year-old Max Treffkorn thinks about LEGO bricks. His colourful LEGO Brickworks design portrays his fascination with superheroes, and introduces a new morphed hero built entirely from his imagination.
Romance Was Born – Fashion Designers
Romance Play Armour!
Australian fashion design duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales take inspiration from LEGO castles and medieval knights, to create their own shield of armour.
Adriano Zumbo – Pâtissier
Technicolour Dream Cake
For Adriano Zumbo, imagination enables you to produce results that succeed the ordinary and are surreal. Showcasing the similarities between constructing desserts and LEGO models, Adriano’s Brickworks design takes inspiration from an eight-tier vanilla cake.
Fiona Dalwood – Animator
Fiona Dalwood, who fondly remembers the noisy plastic crash of LEGO bricks spilling as she rummaged to put together numerous creations as a child, has embraced the limitless possibilities of the LEGO brick to develop a design inspired by a packet of flavoured squid rings.
Simplesime – Tattoo artist/Illustrator
Jump With Me!
Simplesime, who has held onto his very first LEGO set for 30 years, brings to life one of his favourite tattoo caricatures for the first time with LEGO bricks.
Dinosaur Designs – Designers Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen
To Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy encouraging fun and playfulness throughout their workplace is a vital ingredient to inspiring creativity. Enjoying the ability to get lost in the process of imagination, Dinosaur Designs’ Brickworks piece is based around playing with form and colour.
Saffron Craig – Surface Designer
A Wombat’s Night Time Adventure
Saffron Craig, a big believer in the power of imagination, revisits a favourite childhood dream for her Brickworks design, where she owned a pet wombat that was large enough to ride on.
LEGO Brickworks locations:
Macquarie Street, Sydney May 29 to June 7 (09:00am)
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney June 15 to July 30
Newcastle Museum August 1 to September 7
Ipswich Art Gallery September 11 to October 7