A Museum Exhibit You Can’t Lego

Adam Reed Tucker built a LEGO® model of the Museum of Science and Industry in 2013. (J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)

Adam Reed Tucker built a LEGO® model of the Museum of Science and Industry in 2013. (J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)

Earlier this year we told you about IIT student Rocco Buttliere, who’s been busy recreating downtown Chicago in Lego.  You may also remember that his work is so impressive that he’s been invited to show it off at a major Lego event in London.  Well, you don’t have to go all the way to Blighty to see some crafty brickwork.

Chicago’s own Museum of Science and Trucking Industry is opening a new exhibit next year called Brick by Brick, which features the Lego artistry of Adam Reed Tucker, a professional Legophile.  Legomeister.  Legographer.  Lego-putting-together-guy.

The star of the show sounds like the 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge.  But Mr. Tucker is also working on a large-scale model of the museum, itself.  There’s a picture of it below.  The picture above is a smaller version he made a couple of years ago.

(Thanks to Bob Johnson at the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois for the tip!)

Adam Reed Tucker builds a LEGO® model of the Museum of Science and Industry. (J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)

Adam Reed Tucker builds a LEGO® model of the Museum of Science and Industry. (J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)

 

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY TO PREMIERE BRICK BY BRICK IN MARCH 2016
Hands-on exhibit features spectacular creations by LEGO® Certified Professional, Adam Reed Tucker

CHICAGO—Explore the power of play at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago’s temporary exhibit Brick by Brick, opening March 10, 2016.
This 7,000-square-foot exhibit, developed and created by MSI, will feature a spectacular collection of more than a dozen giant LEGO®-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Hoover Dam, Roman Colosseum and more, constructed by LEGO® Certified Professional and Chicago native, Adam Reed Tucker. These formations will be paired with hands-on building challenges that reinforce key principles of engineering, construction and architecture—and encourage creativity.
“At the essence of innovation, science and engineering is creativity, and the simple act of ‘play’ is its catalyst,” said Kurt Haunfelner, vice president of exhibits and collections at the Museum of Science and Industry. “This exhibit explores that close relationship, using a very relatable and much-loved toy, the LEGO® brick. We want both kids and adults to come in this exhibit and leave motivated by the idea that play is a powerful thing, and that a new world can come from a single brick.”
Throughout the exhibit, guests will learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location to make the seemingly impossible, possible; witness how form follows function; learn how building beautifully uplifts us all; and explore Chicago’s impact as the birthplace of the skyscraper.
Exhibit stations and challenges will allow guests to:
Build and test structures to withstand earthquakes at the tremor table and heavy winds in a wind tunnel.
Walk over a simulated city on a sturdy I-beam to feel its strength.
Collaborate to build a life-sized arch.Use simple machines and engineering to lift their friends, or themselves!
Build your own LEGO® creation in an open build area.See how great architectural creations—both real and LEGO- based—have come together in fascinating time-lapse footage.
See futuristic LEGO® structures constructed by architecture firms in response to predicted challenges our cities will face.
Discover how Adam Reed Tucker, LEGO® Certified Professional, became inspired to pursue architecture and build with the brick.

The exhibit will open March 10, 2016 and will run through April 2017. It will require an additional, timed-entry ticket.

Location: 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, East Hyde Park

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