Dec 29

Wow! Children’s Museum Free Build.

Early in December Todd E. volunteered on behalf of CoWLUG to run an afternoon of free build fun at the Wow! Children’s Museum in Lafayette. Known for its interactive, child-oriented exhibits, the museum was thrilled to have a table of bricks for building during the holiday season.

A huge thanks goes out to Todd E. for running the event and to Ian & Abby for lending the bucket full of basic bricks that have now traveled to several free build events.

Photographs are courtesy of Wow! Children’s Museum. They were so happy with the visitor excitement and interaction with the free build that they’d love to hold another in the future.

Dec 10

A Loveland Holiday with Lester!

CoWLUG can boast about its many fine LEGO® builders, but Lester’s enthusiasm and devotion to continuing with enhancements for his builds goes above and beyond. Recently he pulled out all the stops for a one-man show in his hometown at Loveland’s First United Methodist Church.

The overall layout encompassed five tables with three train loops, one with a full time running train and the other two activated by push buttons for the kids to run.

Other button operated items included a steam plant and an ATM. “I also had a ball contraption which ran when a quarter was dropped into it, with all the funds from it donated to one of the missions that our church sponsors.” Said Lester.

Children from the church were invited to construct a building, a scene, or a vehicle to add into the display.

The event ran both Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 23-24) with enthusiastic crowds there for craft events as well. Lester explains how the build bug can hit anyone at any time. “On Saturday, one of the visitors talked to me about his LEGO® collection and his small home layout. On Sunday, he came back with a Galloping Goose that his son made for him. We ran that on the layout for awhile. The next day, I started to build my own version of the Goose.”

All photographs are courtesy of Lester.

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.