Tuesday, May 16, 2017

PHOTO ESSAY

The line grows long and stretches around the curved walls inside the Oregon Convention Center. The weather is cloudy on March eleventh but it does not dissuade fans from eagerly awaiting the start of the event.

"On the Wall" made by Erik Mattson. The television stands at almost six feet tall and displays an image of a kayak paddling across a river with a background of Mt. Hood covered in snow. The structure is placed almost in the dead center of the convention and is used as a focal point that reminds people how much you can do with LEGO.

"The Invasion of Mombasa 2098" made by Travis Wagner. A battle rages on the beachfront of a city called Mombasa. The detail that is put into the display can be noticed by a keen eye throughout the model. Placed in the war section for a good reason, the structure almost seems as though it depicts a real battle fought be warring nations.

"MDF Zorak" made by Jason Ruff. The mantis creature stands near the front entrance of the convention and sits atop a table bring almost immediate attention to the new guests. Its appearance is both mechanical and natural showing perfect harmony between animal and machine.

"Star Destroyer" made by Kevin Wanner. The iconic star ship from the movie franchise Star Wars is a common site at LEGO conventions. However, each one has a level of detail that greatly outmatches that of the original LEGO set. Standing as almost the flagship of the Star Wars table it is clear that this ship is highly respected along with its creator.
"U.S.S. Nicholas" made by Daniel Siskind. The U.S.S. Nicholas is a Fletcher-class destroyer commissioned by the U.S. navy shortly after the beginning of World War II. Displayed here as a replica you can see the painstaking effort the was put in to create this massive replica. About halfway through the model you can see the split where it had to be cut in half to be flown or driven to the convention. 




This replica of Big Ben, a monument in London, England, was for sale in the shopping section of the convention. The clock is beautifully back-lit by a yellow led and provides and accurate representation of the real monument. 

"The Deserted Shack" made by Grant Davis. This shack is one of the smallest displays at the convention. The framework is nothing new and there are much bigger and expensive displays elsewhere. But there is something so charming about this little shack, each twig in the house it its own separate entity, pile of dirt has been specifically chosen to play its role. It gives personality to an otherwise basic idea.

"BattleScape" made by Sean Edmison. The Humvee sits stationary the gunner on top mans his heavy machine gun. The soldiers around him march carefully towards combat while those inside the vehicle await patiently for orders. 
"1:1000 Scale Portland" made by Brian D. Agostine. The miniature replica of downtown Portland, Oregon replicate the city almost the a scary level of detail. Each building has been accurately recreated and the innovative ways each piece was used to maximize efficiency with each building.



"U.S.S. Missouri" made by Daniel Siskind. This amazing creation can simply not be described with words. The immense size and amount of figures on the ship makes even LEGO experts do a double take. The U.S.S. Missouri was active during World War II and was the ship used as the location for the Japanese to surrender officially ending the second World War. 

"Aurora" made by Unknown. The Aurora is a beautiful spaceship equipped for what looks like a war against invading aliens. Somehow the ship is able to support itself and able to stand free with nothing but two iron rods holding up the center. 

This partial replication of a city displays a beautiful collaboration between tens of creators as shown through the multiple signs displayed next to and below each creation. The most prominent feature might be the KOIN Center, easily spotted by its pointed gray roof and its red brick walls.

The crowd steadily grew throughout the day, peaking at about 2pm. Kids shrieking with joy to see their favorite creations displayed in wide tables and adults admired the craft and design these artist put into their work.

The name of the convention displayed in LEGO was placed directly to the left of the entrance. Themes varied for each letter but it was clear that each had its own unique creator that ranged from complexity and color, truly demonstrating that LEGO is a toy of all ages.