This weekend, the Chicago skyline, New Orleans’ Mardi Gras and the Eiffel Tower will fill the Dayton Convention Center.
The BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention will be held for the first time in Dayton Aug. 18 and 19.
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Professional LEGO artists Jonathan Lopes of San Diego, California, Rocco Buttliere of Chicago and Paul Hetherington of Canada will be at the convention with dozens of their creations made from the interlocking plastic bricks.
LEGO artist Jonathan Lopes poses with the Woolworth Building he built with 120,000 bricks. Lopes will be at this weekends LEGO BrickUniverse Convention in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED
“The LEGO artists are like rock stars,” Greyson Beights, who started BrickUniverse when he was 14 years old, said in a press release.
“When you walk into the event, one of the first things you see are the artist galleries filled with massive LEGO displays. The LEGO artists built everything with thousands of LEGO bricks. They are at BrickUniverse all weekend to answer questions about their work and talk to and teach attendees how they, too, can become master builders. The kids love it.”
Among the amazing creations that will be on view at the convention will be a replica of New York City’s Woolworth Building created with 120,000 bricks, a scene from London that includes the sprawling Houses of Parliament using 50,000 bricks, and a detailed view of a Lady Gaga concert that took 20,000 bricks to build.
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The event will include a Building Zone where attendees can build their own creations, a Big Brick Building with larger Duplo bricks so that younger kids can get in on the building fun and a Star Wars Zone with LEGO Star Wars-themed bricks.
WANT TO GO?
What: BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention
Where: Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., Dayton
When: Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19. Each day, two sessions will be held. The first will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Tickets can be purchases online at www.brickuniverse.com/dayton before the event for $15. Tickets are $18 at the door.
For more information: www.brickuniverse.com