Oct 05

NoCo Mini Maker Faire Fun!

A handful of CoWLUG members participated in very successful first annual NoCo Mini Maker Faire on the Colorado front range. Held in Loveland this first weekend of October, over 3000 people turned out for the one-day event.

Above: Ryan, Imagine, Tommy & Barbara chat as the first crowds begin to filter in.

The CoWLUG Open Build table was busy all day. The LEGO Group should take notice of the plethora of girls who enjoyed building with the standard brick – in standard colors, without a minifig or Friends character in sight!

For those who have never had the chance to attend a Mini Maker Faire, here’s a little sampling of what could be seen (and tinkered with) today. There was a room full of cardboard for cutting and building, using special snap/hinge pieces facilitating making that kept pace with the mind. There were people playing music on carrots with their noses! And electronics of all kinds – interactive, artistic, idea generating. Finally, there seemed to be a 3D printer in every corner.

Participating and visiting members of CoWLUG all enjoyed an inspiring day. I’d like to thank Tommy for bringing our attention to the Faire and also for bringing his wife Barbara to help tend the Open Build table for the day. Their enthusiasm and encouragement fostered a creative spirit among the kids and adults that was truly contagious. As you can see above, everyone’s creations soon filled up the space. A grateful thank you also goes out to Ian and Abby for providing the brick for the Open Build table. It was very well used.

Jun 07

Build! The Amazing World of LEGO & CoWLUG = A Success!

As you can see from the families enjoying the multiple build stations (raceway, dollhouses, town, build a bridge, duplo & creation station) at the opening night festivities, the exhibit is a great success in just the first few hours. In fact, all the build stations were constructed by staff and volunteers over many hours to make the exhibit an outstanding interactive event.   

Check The Longmont Museum’s current exhibits page for workshops and activities this summer, including the Bricks to Rails LEGO Train Festival this August. For more highlights of the exhibit, scroll on!

Architecture by Shawn & Joel. Train by Art.

World globe by Shawn. Cthulhu by Imagine and Autumn in the Park by Nannan Zhang.

Historical LEGO sets on the left, including near mint Samsonite sets gathered by Wil, along with the fabulous historical information on the Loveland, CO LEGO factory. Additional, historical sets including the coveted Classic Space sets were prepared for display by Reed. On the right is a charming LEGO Modulex display by Ryan.

The Dickens Opera House in Longmont is rendered in LEGO on the left by Derek and the dizzying patterns of the wall mosaic are compliments of Mark. And go ahead and drool over the custom brick benches and stools built by the Museum Staff & volunteers specifically for seating throughout the exhibit!

Stud free weapons are courtesy of Duane.

A vertical landscape complete with waterfall on the left, by Alysa. A traditional church on the right by Shawn.

A collection of spacecrafts on the left by Ryan, greets visitors as they enter. Followed by a plethora of trains of all kinds by Art, Stuart, Matthew, Lester & Michael.

Flanking the right side of the entrance to the show, circling Sean Kenny’s Bicycle Triumphs Traffic is the large scale Action Comics mosaic created by Mark, Mia, Duane & Joel, along with a technic feature by Ian and Meghan’s dinosaur dig landscape. In the far corner is a bright Maersk blue victorian facade by Rae McCormick.

Imagine’s Minifig scale build of The Longmont Museum, with the planned auditorium addition greets visitors in the lobby of the entrance.

Both arriving on Route 287 and Quail Road and the Museum’s lawn, you’ll spot the giant-sized bricks showing you the way. In fact, The Museum staff collectively put in hundreds of hours of work bringing this world-class exhibit together for the community.

All the CoWLUG members would like to extend their thanks to the staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the vision of a LEGO art exhibit a reality. Both Jared & Catherine showed us all what it means to go the distance – we thank you both immensely for your dedication to a vision of perfection. As LEGO brick builders, we can appreciate every last detail.

Build! The Amazing World of LEGO will be open to the public during regular Museum hours from June 8th through September 8th, 2013.