SIDNEY — Area residents have until June 6 to enter and until June 11 to complete a Lego brick construction to participate in Gateway Arts Council’s (GAC) Lego Design Challenge.
“It’s All about That Brick” is a competition that promotes the creative and original use of Lego bricks.
Entry forms are available at the GAC galleries, 216 N. Miami Ave.; Ron & Nita’s, 134 S. Main Ave.; on the GAC website, www.gatewayartscouncil.org, on the GAC Facebook page and by phone at 498-2787. The forms must be completed and received by GAC by June 6. There is a $10 entry fee per person or team. Each person or team may enter up to three constructions for one $10 fee.
Cash prizes will be awarded in five categories: children, 5 and under; children 6-12; teens, 13-17; adults, 18 and older; and groups and families (multiple people working on one design).
Constructions must be delivered to the GAC gallery between June 6 and June 11 and remain there on exhibit through July 16.
Only genuine Legos may be used in the constructions.
“We wanted to have an event in our gallery that would be fun and appealing to the entire family, especially the kids. Legos just seemed to fit that bill,” said GAC Executive Director Ellen Keyes.
The entries will be displayed in an exhibit that will include Lego creations built by the Central Ohio Lego Train Club (COLTC), “a group of adults that rediscovered the joy of building creations out of the popular Lego brand building blocks,” according to the COLTC website. They create “displays featuring running trains, little people, medieval castles, skyscrapers, and more, all made of Lego bricks.
“The concept of their shows is very similar to the concept of model railroading, except that every single element in the layout is an original Lego product. This includes not only buildings, but also the track, train parts and motors. Unlike model railroading, quite a few of its members do not have a primary interest in just trains. Several members focus on other Lego creations to supplement the layouts, and have built 5-foot tall skyscrapers, all sorts of automobiles and even spaceships.”
Their creations have been exhibited at the Ohio State Fair, the Cleveland Science Center, COSI Toledo, shopping malls, and venues in Washington, D.C., and Belleville, Illinois.
The exhibit will open to the public with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m., June 18. The exhibit is open then Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
For information about the contest or the exhibit, call 498-2787.
Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.