Spent some time talking to Dave Kelly of Village Radio. It was a blast, and Dave and I talked improv, and of course, Lego. Have a listen!
This year has a blur so far, I’ve been building like a mad man! Finally, once the summer rolled around and I had a chance to breather, i was able to get around to one of those projects I wanted to build just for me. I guess in the world of art, this would be called a “spec piece”. I found the image while wandering around the internet, and loved the colors. It has a very Art Deco feel with the figure holding the city up on his back, and the crossed hammers at the top.
I decided I’d experiment with adding a second style of mosaic to the piece, having the city itself build “studs up” (you’re looking at the sides of the bricks.) I added a few specialized pieces to add some life to that section, and it turned out the way I expected.
A closer shot of the city details. The “studs up” section is attached via some bricks that have studs both to the top and the side. There is a line of the them across the bottom of the city, and two more placed further up, for added stability.
I’ll certainly remember it as an active experiment with new techniques, and for the color scheme. I brought this piece to BrickCon 2013, and received a lot of great compliments on it. This picture shows Metropolis, along with my Scott Pilgrim mosaic.
This piece was built as a commission for a person with extremely good taste. It was built during a 5 week period which also featured a number of shows and general chaos, and then shipped to San Francisco.
The Finished Piece.
It’s approx 45×45 inches square, and with the backing board (to keep it all straight) it’s about 60 pounds or so. here’s a wider shot.
And a comparison with the actual source.
If you’re interested in a commission of your own, drop me a line at email@example.com
In 2012 I met Billy West and John Dimaggio, and had them sign my Fry and Bender mosaics. When I heard Phil Lamarr would be at Calgary Expo 2013, I built a Hermes mosaic, and was lucky enough to get it signed as well.
And here’s Max to provide some scale
As part of Calgary Expo 2013, I was invited to build and display a piece for the “Evening With the Lannisters” event, featuring Peter Dinklage and Lena Headay. I chose the Lannister Crest (from Game of Thrones) as the subject, and decided to add a raised image effect, along with the dark red background. I was pleased with the results, and plan to use the level effect more often in future.
I’ve been a big fan of Nathan Fillion for a long time. He’s from Alberta, he’s an alumnus of Rapid Fire (Edmonton’s outstanding Improv group), and he’s Captain Malcomn Reynolds. When I learned he would be attending the 2013 Calgary Expo, I decided to build a Mosaic of Mal.
The best part of making “Con Mosaics” is meeting the subject. Nathan was kind enough to sign the mosaic for me. “I Aim to Misbehave”.
Steven Mclean at Alberta Primetime came to talk Lego Mosaics.
As part of the Calgary 2012 program, I decided to build something here in Calgary that would involve a number of Lego builders. Normally, the mosaics are a solo effort, so I decided to stretch outside my comfort zone. Enlisting the help of some local friends/builders/amazing people, we set out to replicate the Calgary Tower in bricks. After much planning (assisted by Lego Digital Designer and Minecraft), we had a plan, and met at the base of the Tower to build. It took an entire day, as well as a couple of hours on the following day, but we managed to build a pretty cool version of the Tower. Adam Murtha, Hayley Erza, and Trevor Van Aalst were amazing, and the best team I’ve worked with yet!
Here’s a time lapse video of the build
I’m no master of sculpture by any means, but I think it turned out pretty well. I like to think that I learn from every project, and this one taught me plenty. Next time we decide to build the tower, I have even more ideas. One of the original ideas was to have some robotic elements, moving parts, etc. We’re still looking at adding a rotating pod, it’s just a matter of finding the time to get the work done at this point.
This project started in the spring of 2012, with the goal of working directly with Robin Sather, Canada’s Lego Certified Professional. Robin has been helping me learn the ins and outs of the business side of the mosaics, and when the Calgary 2012 grant initiative program started up, it seemed the perfect way to make it happen. We spent a lot of time deciding on an image, ordering brick, talking to Telus Spark about the venue, talking the The Bow about displaying the piece. Finally, we were ready to build. With the help of about 1,000 Calgarians, we put together this 6.6ft by 5ft mosaic featuring Calgary icons of the past, present and future.
The piece will be on display in the lobby of The Bow from April 7-22. (Photos by Kate Ware, Photos by Kate Ware
Huffington Post Canada ran a story on Brickwares, including a great gallery feature at the end.
The good people at Shaw dropped by to talk Lego. I love the music in this one!
The good folks at the Eyeopener sat down to talk bricks with Dave.
An old friend of mine contacted me about building a mosaic of his friend for the friend’s birthday. I’m always happy to build, and told him to send me an image. Little did i know at the time that it was non other than Calgary’s own Mayor Naheed Nenshi. I set to work building, and managed to produce a piece that (in my humble opinion) brings out that famous smile. It was a pleasure to build, and hopefully one day I’ll have a chance to chat about the piece with the Mayor himself.
Below is the original image. Took a bit of work to replicate the seal and ribbon.
CTV ran a story about Brickwares, focusing on a few of Dave’s mosaics, and how his studio is laid out.
A great interview I did at the 2012 Calgary Expo with Tetris Effect, just discovered it again online.
Calgary Journal ran a wonderful article about Brickwares. I’m particularly impressed at the attention that Pamela Di Pinto put in to the article, and that she spent time talking with my family. Check it out.