Architectural LEGO Artist Adam Reed Tucker will unveil the first model of Taliesin West ever made from LEGO bricks and the largest LEGO model of any Frank Lloyd Building in history during a ceremony planned 4 p.m. Jan. 8 at Taliesin West in north Scottsdale.
With a group of about 30 local schoolchildren — who have all been served by the foundation’s extensive K-12 educational programs in one of its renowned “Architecture Camps” — Mr. Tucker will put the final pieces of the model into place.
Demonstrating how he built the model through the use of standard LEGO bricks, Mr. Tucker hopes to inspire children to explore and learn about architecture, art and design.
Containing more than 180,000 LEGO bricks in 11 colors and 120 different shapes, the model measures eight by four feet and is made entirely of standard LEGO parts.
Mr. Tucker is an experienced Architectural LEGO Artist who utilizes LEGO bricks to create artistic models of well-known structures. His latest LEGO brick model of Taliesin West is his largest to date.
Working in accordance with the LEGO Certified Professional Program, he spent 40 hours researching and studying the project, 120 hours designing the LEGO model and 260 hours constructing the final model of Taliesin West.
Sean Malone, president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, said, “Taliesin West is already one of the great historic and architectural experiences in the world – for visitors from all backgrounds and interests.
“I am so excited that, for the next four months only, people who visit Taliesin West will have the wonderful bonus of experiencing Adam’s remarkable and playful work of art in Legos. Adam has done so much in his career to make architecture inviting, accessible, and fun – for adults and children. And his model of Taliesin West promises to be his greatest and most engaging creation to date.”
“This model has been an exceptional challenge for several reasons,” states Mr. Tucker, “which is why it has also been exceptionally interesting. This has certainly been the most complex project I have ever undertaken.”
Among the many design factors and construction considerations that Mr. Tucker had to contemplate range from the mundane – such as how the model will be transported – to the complicated – such as how best to represent the different materials, textures and colors so specific to this structure.
Other challenges include scale, proportion, layout, topography, stylization, structural integrity, likeness, piece availability, and detail feasibility.
All of these considerations are magnified by the “scratch-build” process that Mr. Tucker employs. He does not use any computer software or sketches in working out the building process of the model. He does not use any glue to secure the pieces and all parts are genuine LEGO bricks commonly available.
Built in 1937, Taliesin West is the legendary property in Scottsdale that was the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright and school of Frank Lloyd Wright and is one of the most visited Frank Lloyd Wright sites in the world.
The model will be on display in the Pavilion at Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., until the end of April and available for viewing by anyone attending a tour of Taliesin West.
Reservations for tours are available by visiting www.franklloydwright.org. The model is the third Wright building in a series that Mr. Tucker will eventually exhibit on tour.
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