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Meet The Artist Behind Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Lego Exhibit [Video]

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Grand Rapids Public Museum’s LEGO exhibit, “Dream it, Build it”, opens on March 1.

The exhibit will feature 13 famous architectural structures built by LEGO professional Adam Reed Tucker.

LEGOS are everywhere lately. There’s the movie. There’s even bloopers from the movie.

Now a LEGO exhibit is coming to Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum announced this year’s LEGO exhibit in December. It was one of many voted on the the public last June.

The exhibit will feature a scaled model of the Van Andel Museum Center building in addition to 13 world famous structures built from LEGOS. All of the models are built by Adam Reed Tucker.

Tucker is a “Certified LEGO Professional”.

Every child’s dream job.

Tucker explains how he became a LEGO professional:

“Ever since I can remember, I have always been fascinated by the iconic Chicago Skyline. This later inspired me to explore Architecture in hopes of one day becoming an Architect”.

He did indeed go on to study architecture, and, inspired by his city’s skyline, developed a passion for skyscrapers. It was his wish to communicate the complexity of skyscraper engineering in simple terms that led him back to another of his childhood passions:

“I wanted to level the playing field with something most of us all grew up with and can relate to no matter who you are or where you came from: The LEGO© Brick.

In 2010, Tucker became one of only 11 certified LEGO professionals in the world. Hear more about his journey, the questions he gets asked, what it’s like to meet with the other LEGO professionals and more in this interview with National Building Museum.

Here are photos of some of Tucker’s creations that were on display at The Henry Ford Museum in 2012.

Watch as Tucker works on a model of the White House.

On March 1, Tucker will offer walking tours of the exhibit at 11:30am and 1:00pm. He will also give a lecture at 3:00pm.

Tickets to all events are $3 to the public and free to members. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Learn more about “Dream it, Build it”.

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