LEGO lightsaber! The Switch on the bottom turns on LEDs throughout the blade. I modified the LEGO parts in the hilt to contain eight AA batteries (12 volts total). This was one of my all time favorite projects to build. I like STAR WARS and to combine electronics into LEGO was great fun. The LEGO model needed to be durable enough to be carried by several kids on a STAR WARS themed run called Course of the Force. To pull this off I also added two pieces of three mm threaded steel rod from top to bottom. I estimate that the batteries will power the light saber for about 300 hours. After the run, the durability of the blade was tested when Prince and Blanket Jackson (sons of Michael Jackson) got into a lightsaber duel in the LEGO studio. There was only minor damage and Blanket emerged victorious!
This University of Michigan LEGO football weighs more than six pounds! I would not recommend catching it. It was a fun sculptural project and I was really happy with how close the LEGO colors are to "Michigan Maize" and blue. The Michigan alum was extremely excited to receive this as gift.
I built this LEGO Starbucks logo for a fan of the brand. The mosaic used more than 1,200 bricks and took about a week to finish. I always enjoy doing projects where I get to build a logo. Just like sketching I can learn a lot about the logo design. The original Starbucks logo was based off of a 16th century Scandinavian woodcut of a mermaid.
In 2013 I built this Wisconsin Badger logo for the University of Wisconsin Alumni magazine called OnWisconsin. I designed the mosaic digitally and then spent sixteen hours assembling more than 2,000 LEGO bricks. Check out the article here: http://onwisconsin.uwalumni.com/features/brick-by-brick/ - RZ-
Friday, June 13th Ryan and Steve loaded the model into the Uhaul van I had rented. Ryan and I were leaving at 5am (which means I took a nap and got up at 3:30am) the next morning to drive up to The Grove, our load-in time was 7am. The only great thing about that hour is that you can actually get to Los Angeles in 2-ish hours.
The unveil wasn’t till 11am so we had some time to grab even more caffeine and second breakfast after set-up. The event itself was very quick, Tony Revolori who played Zero joined us again for the festivities. Once the unveil was over there was a small reception where Andy & I enjoyed some Boy with Apple martinis and desserts while Ryan & Tony did interviews.
The foot traffic through The Grove was great, those stopping to take photos and ask questions were genuinely impressed, many had actually seen the movie, while others really believed The Grand Budapest Hotel was a timeshare. It stayed overnight, so people were able to see it on Father's Day.
Our next stop was on Tuesday, June 17 at the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment lot. Thankfully we did not have to transport the hotel but we were there to share the model with their employees. I applaud the folks at Fox for doing these type of employee appreciation events, because I know it takes a village. So many people touch this movie and many are not on the production side. However, we did appreciate the thorough questions and curiosity stemming from those who do work in production. Most came en route to the employee cantina, some brought Mendel’s boxes to be photographed with, some brought their significant others who love LEGO and some brought their kids.
The last destination took us to A+D Architect and Design Museum Los Angeles on Thursday, June 19 for the opening reception of their new exhibit S,M,L,XLA. Who knew we’d end up with our work and our names in a museum? For our friends and family who didn’t get a chance to see the completed model, you have a chance to check out The Grand Budapest Hotel made of LEGO through August 31.
We built The Grand Budapest Hotel LEGO model in a garage in Clairemont, a neighborhood of San Diego, just east of the college beach community, Pacific Beach. The owner of the studio is an architect and her son grew up with LEGO, so they were excited to see what we would design and build in her new studio.
We had two garage doors, a large shade tree adjacent to the studio and a great Pacific Ocean breeze. Not to mention a fireworks show on Saturday and Sunday at exactly 9:53pm thanks to SeaWorld.
It was a fun space for our friends to visit during the building process. My uncle came to visit and told us he had once lived in this neighborhood and just down the alley from us is where the band Iron Butterfly formed. Just another story, that also started in a garage on Luna Ave.