Chicago Buildings Need Help Getting to London

Downtown Chicago in Lego. Courtesy of Rocco Buttliere

Downtown Chicago in Lego (Courtesy of Rocco Buttliere)

Remember five months ago we told you about Rocco Buttliere, the full-time IIT student and part-time brick jockey who is recreating downtown Chicago’s buildings brick-by-brick out of little plastic LEGO blocks?

Since then, Mr. Buttliere has exhibited his brickwork at a local LEGO convention and caught the attention of the organizers of the global BRICK event being held in London next month.  They invited him to exhibit at their venue, and will even pay his way.  Except… Buttliere writes to us that he has hit a snag:

While the event committee has agreed to fund my airfare and lodging expenses, I am currently working with my university, Illinois Institute of Technology, to seek funding for the cost of shipping the models to and from London. The total cost will be about $5,500. This figure reflects the cost of shipping my entire display, which was explicitly requested by the event coordinators as the UK has never experienced a display quite like mine.

As college students are notoriously bereft of spending cash, there is now a Kickstarter web page where money is being raised to ship the Chicago Lego models to Blighty.  If you’s like to kick in some scratch, follow the linky.  As of this writing, he has raised about $700 from six people, so about 12% of his goal.

Downtown Chicago in Lego. Courtesy of Rocco Buttliere

Downtown Chicago in Lego (Courtesy of Rocco Buttliere)

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