From his earliest days Legos have been his “toy of choice.” Now ten, he’s still going strong.
Sheryl and I sent him a small gift recently (a Legos helicopter kit). He called to thank us for it and told us how the moving parts on this kit intrigued him and brought new challenges.
Four years ago this summer he and his sister, Katarina, came to Atlanta for a month to stay with Lynda and me. Prior to their arrival, Lynda and I discussed things we could do with each of them that we thought they each might enjoy.
Katarina had announced that she wanted Lynda to give her some sewing lessons. We had no problem fulfilling this request.
But Ben did not state a preference. What could we do?
I turned to Legos.
I purchased one of their fairly expensive architecture kits featuring the Frank Lloyd Wright Pennsylvania residence called “Fallingwater.” The kit had a large number of pieces and came with the company’s recommendation that it be purchased for Legos builders at least sixteen years old. I knew that Ben would welcome the challenge…but for a six year old???
On the day after his arrival we started the project by sorting out the many pieces by color and shape putting them into small bowls.
He did use the printed instructions. However, his instinct told him which kind of Lego he needed for his next move. The project progressed quickly.
By noon on day TWO, the house was completed and he could proudly show his sister and grandmother the finished version. Our Legos project (that in my mind would last us the entire month) was done in just two days.
I was reminded of Ben’s spatial gifts today when Sheryl and I went to the nearby Galleria Mall in Birmingham to see the Lego Americana Roadshow. The American icons were brought to Birmingham in a 16-wheeler. Their next stop is Atlanta.
We walked the mall and observed American icons that Lego master builders had created. (Legos Master Builders are specially trained and gifted Legos staff members. They remind me of Apple computer “geniuses.”)
Note some of the items we saw.
The U.S. Supreme Court building is built to scale and is designed to include even the sculptures on each side of the steps.
The U.S. capitol was built by a team of eight Legos master builders and took over 1700 hours to complete! It was designed on a scale of 1:29. The model is 25 feet, 7 inches long while the capitol itself runs 751 feet, 4 inches. And while the capitol stands 288 feet tall, the Legos model is about 10 feet tall.
The Legos company and the Galleria Mall sponsored a contest for a $200 mall gift card. They asked patrons to guess the number of Legos used in the capitol. I knew it was a lot so my guess was high…2.8 million. The mall plans to take the fifty closest guesses and do a random drawing next week. Could Wally Buckner possibly win?