July Favorites: Leggo My Legos
One of the most sought after toys for any creative child growing up was a barrel of Legos. Those colorful bricks were the pathways to new toys, new worlds, and new fantasies. One day you’re building a spaceship with alien creatures, the next day you’re building a castle from the medieval past. The ideas are limitless!
We visited Lego's main store at New York’s Rockefeller Center and discovered familiar New York sites re-created by expert Lego builders. One popular trip many tourists take while in New York is riding the Circle Line ferry and touring around the island of Manhattan. Above is a recreation of the ferry and its riders. Another popular ride is the horse-drawn carriages that offer a romantic and leisurely tour of Central Park.
For those who have inner architects screaming to get out and be heard, Lego offers sets that re-create landmark architectural buildings. They include Falling Water and the Guggenheim Museum, both designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. But you don’t have to be limited to these known buildings, you can let your imagination run wild and design your own masterpiece, using Lego Brick Buckets that contain generic bricks of all sizes and shapes. There’s even a tall brick tower at their store containing bricks segregated by color if you’re determined to choose a specific type of brick.
Some more examples of famous structures built by enterprising Lego fans, include the iconic modernist house, Villa Savoye, designed by Le Corbusier (see below), and St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia (topmost photo). For the more romantic builders, there's also a recreation of a Venetian palazzo, complete with gondola! You can travel around the world and enjoy different cultures just by building its landmarks brick by brick.
Lego provides endless hours of amusement for both child and adult, but more importantly, they offer a method of expression for your creative impulse. You can be just designing your personal dream house, but you could also be designing the next mega-star destination attraction!