Rebricker of the Week: Tyler Sky aka Tsky64 or Bricksky

Sara at LEGO’s Rebrick website reached out to VLC member Tyler Sky and interviewed him about his prolific building hobby.  It can be found here:

http://rebrick.lego.com/en-US/BottomMenu/Blog/922014-tsky64-bricksky.aspx

or is reproduced below:

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Most people can’t imagine taking a 40 year break from anything, but that’s exactly what Tsky64 (or Bricksky as he’s known on Flickr) did when he gave up building with LEGO® bricks.

Of course, it isn’t likely that he saw it as a break really, few do. He had enjoyed playing with bricks as a child, but gave them up as he got older. It wasn’t until recently that he revisited the hobby again as an adult.

Since then he’s joined the Vancouver LEGO Club, and taken home the award for Best Medium Planetary Structure at BrickCon 2013 with his Friends’ Ammunition Reloading Bay, featured on the right.

“It was the first ever LEGO convention I have attended,” explains the ReBricker of the Week. “It was a lot of fun to participate in and a huge unexpected success for me!  I was very happy just to show and share my creations with the public.”

The 50-year-old builder mostly specializes in LEGO space models, but sometimes he branches out to other areas of interest – like Calvin and Hobbes.

“I hope that my creations are unique and inspiring for others,” he goes on. While he will be attending BrickCon again this year, he isn’t bringing on another large space model.

“I will bring some other smaller [models] though…  I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone else brings!” He concludes.

If you’re at BrickCon next Month, come say “hi” to Tsky64 in person. If you can’t make it, you can browse his ReBrick bookmarks here.

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Tintin Land of Black Gold cover in LEGO bricks by Paul Hetherington

Paul Hetherington a.k.a BrickBaron has once again astounded us with another creation which will be instantly recognizable to most based off a Tintin comic cover. Well done!

It’s currently on display at the Oakridge LEGO Store for the month of September 2014

More photos here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/14964802@N07

The original cover that it was based on.

 

 

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AbbyLUG LEGO creation helps raise money for Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation

A shout out to our neighbours, AbbyLUG, for their fabulous contribution to the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation auction.  They faithfully recreated the new Critical Care Tower built out of LEGO and donated the creation which went to auction at the 3rd annual EllisDon golf tournament at Morgan Creek Golf Course.   The winning bid raised $4500 which goes back to the hospital.  Built by AbbyLUG members, project lead Lee Wager is extremely happy with the monies raised and thanks everyone who helped for their assistance to help create the Critical Care Tower.

Congratulations to all involved in making this happen!

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The following article was published in the Langley Times on August 13th, 2014 and has been reproduced here for your convenience.

http://www.langleytimes.com/community/271111751.html

 

Members of the Abbotsford Lego User Group work on a replica of Surrey Memorial Hospital’s Critical Care Tower built from Lego blocks.— Image Credit: Submitted Photo

posted Aug 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM

A group of builders from the Fraser Valley recently joined forces to demonstrate that it’s possible to construct a new hospital from the ground up in about 90 hours.

How? You need skill, patience, creativity and about 7,000 pieces of Lego. The result is a two-foot tall replica of Surrey Memorial Hospital’s new Critical Care Tower. The structure even has its own ambulance, helicopter and medical staff — all made of Lego.

The replica was commissioned by Jane Adams, president & CEO of Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation, as a unique auction item for an upcoming charity golf tournament organized by EllisDon, the company that orchestrated the construction of the real Critical Care Tower.

The idea of creating a Lego tower came to Adams after she learned that the Child Life specialists at Surrey Memorial use these simple building blocks to help young patients and siblings in the Children’s Health Centre and the pediatric emergency department cope with their time in the hospital.

Earlier this summer, Lego enthusiast and Langley resident Lee Wager rallied members of the Abbotsford Lego User Group (AbbyLUG) to volunteer their time and take on the challenge.

EllisDon supplied Wager with photos and drawings, and he also paid a visit to the hospital for a closer look. He notes that one of the biggest challenges of using Lego to build architectural pieces is working with Lego’s geometric shapes and figuring out how to accommodate unique features, such as curved walls.

For the hospital tower, Wager and the group had to replicate the one-of-a-kind windows above the lobby and source out enough blue bricks needed to build the distinctive coloured walls of the main building. It’s all part of the Lego building challenge, he says.

“It’s fun to try to create or innovate with Lego, because it has its limitations.”

The Lego enthusiasts’ creation was on the auction block at the golf tournament on July 22. The golfers and guests included many of the contractors, trades and suppliers involved in building the province’s newest and most technologically advanced health care facility.

For more information about Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation, visit www.smhfoundation.com.

To find out more about the Abbotsford Lego User Group go to www.abbylug.com.

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I couldn’t find an image online that matched the angle above, but this one taken from the Fraser Health website shows the Critical Care Tower it was modelled on.

http://www.fraserhealth.ca/about_us/building_for_better_health/surrey_memorial_hospital

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Thank you for coming out to Vancouver Mini-Maker Faire!

Thanks so much for all who took the time to come out to Vancouver Mini-Maker Faire.  And thanks to the organizers for putting on a great event and providing with us with a great space to show off our creations.    Photos will be up shortly.

As promised, Paul Hetherington (a.k.a. BrickBaron) brought out his Fabuland creation for what might be the last time.   He’s made updates to it since the last video, adding a Fig Theatre which depicts a night charging to battle a dragon all done in an animatronic way.

It was decided to do an onsite build and the choice was a pseudo Great Ball Contraption.  I say “pseudo” since a GBC in the LEGO AFOL community has strict guidelines.  We just wanted something to come together with an existing ball launcher and it mostly worked well over the weekend.  We did even have on engineer who specialized in long conveyor belt systems (3 miles long) come in and give suggestions on how to make ours better.

In addition we brought out a couple of 4×4 Crawlers which took a tour around the site.    Of course, Titanboa would have crushed them with just one eyelash, but whatever.

Also Keith brought this little black box which was not his creation, but oh boy did it put a smile the people’s faces who simply tried to flick the switch.  The original Ultimate LEGO machine is seen in the video below.

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Family FUSE Weekend Vancouver Art Gallery – June 21 and 22nd, 2014

 

Did you miss seeing our display at Vancouver Mini-Maker Faire?  Well, come out and see us at the Vancouver Art Gallery this weekend, June 21st and 22nd.

For the past year, members of the Vancouver LEGO Club have been building and facilitating the LEGO portion of Douglas Coupland’s everywhere is anywhere and everything is anything which is a major survey exhibition of his visual works.

We intend to build and have the kids play on that theme with our LEGO play brick.  On the hour, we’ll be having short quick build contests for all youngsters to get involved in.

 

Our area will be run from 11am to 4pm, but there are fabulous child friendly activities happening throughout the entire Art Gallery.  Download the Program Guide now

Make sure you bring some gum to put your mark on Douglas Coupland’s project gumhead.

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Our sense of home, community and the world around us is affected by many influences. Join artists, musicians, dancers, performers and educators as they take youhere, there and everywhere! through a range of interactive activities, performances and hands-on workshops!

Featuring: The Cypress Street Band, DB Boyko and Sonic Playground, Malaspina Printmakers, The Now Society and The Vancouver Lego Club.

 

 

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

May 31 to September 1, 2014

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything is the first major survey exhibition of the artist’s work and will be presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 31-September 1, 2014. Douglas Coupland is an artist based in West Vancouver whose remarkably prolific production across a diverse range of media over the past 12 years addresses the singularity of Canadian culture, the ubiquity and power of language, as well as the ever-pervasive presence of technology in everyday life. Read more

Visit the exhibition website to learn more.

 

 

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Brick and Drinks II: Science World After Dark Photos and Leaderboards

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So did you have what it takes to get one of the coveted Vancouver LEGO Club Science World After Dark medals?  Well, for bragging rights, we’re posting the Leaderboards for the Events held at last week’s Bricks and Drinks Part II at Science World, so you can see who’s LEGO building reigns supreme.  Plus there’s a tonne of photos.  Are you in any of them?

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Blind Build WINNERS – Gillian and Adam at a time of 6:05

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Left Hand / Right Hand Build WINNERS – Michael and Annie 3:26

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Bag Build WINNER – Dennis 5:06

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Speed Build WINNER –  Dave 11:43

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Congratulations to all the winners and all the participants and everyone who came out and made this event a smashing success.  We’ll see you again!

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Thank you for coming to Science World After Dark!

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Thank you to all the people who came out to Science World After Dark last night.  It was a tonne of fun which was evident by all the people with huge smiles on their faces (okay, alcohol may have been involved) and even larger ones for those who won a coveted Vancouver LEGO Club Game WINNER medal.

The events this time included the LEGO Ball Launcher (of Doom), a partner left hand /right build of an eagle, a bag build of an elephant, speed build of the Marvel Avengers truck and the blind build of Robin’s motorcycle.

Anyways, the leaderboards for bragging rights for each event will be posted soon along with the photos taken from the night.  So come back to our website and check those out soon.

A special shout out to my Left Hand /Right Hand partner Christina, who I somehow managed to lose our round with.  Oh well…  can’t win ‘em all.

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From Britannia Mines blog: What Does LEGO Have to Do with Mining?

I missed posting about this earlier, but it’s a great blog entry for our recently closed Britannia Mining Museum.  It’s been lifted from their blog which can be found here.

http://www.bcmm.ca/Blog/why-lego

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What Does Lego Have to do with Mining?

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 by Michelle Chan, Exhibit & Program Coordinator

People love Lego – it’s fun, simple, creative, and reminds many of their childhood. I was excited to seeThe History and Future of Mining, a custom-created exhibit by the Vancouver Lego Club come to life at the Museum a week ago and even had a chance to help piece together a couple walls to help with the set up.

But why is the Museum displaying an exhibit made out of LEGO? Isn’t it just a toy for kids?

As the adult builders who are part of the Vancouver Lego Club will tell you, Lego is a building material for all ages. It’s a great way to learn the basics of structural engineering, and many teaching institutions use Mindstorms (a kit that enables builders to assemble robots, program with computers, and control them via Bluetooth, apps and even voice command) to teach about robotics and movement.

This all sounds great for a science centre, how does it fit with the Britannia Mine Museum?

Britannia and Lego share the same spirit of creativity and innovation. Although the principle behind the techniques used in mining and milling have remained more or less the same over decades, Britannia was a place of invention and experimentation. This drive and desire to maximize efficiency pushed Britannia to be a leader with its gravity-fed Mill 3 and use of froth flotation to separate chalcopyrite from waste rock.

Lego means “I put together” in Latin. Each brick by itself is just that – a single brick – but the sum of its parts can result in amazing creations like vehicles, cranes, and furniture. The success of Britannia also lay in the sum of its parts as employees and machines worked together to mine and mill raw ore and make the Britannia Mine the largest producer of copper in the British Commonwealth in 1929.

For a lot of people, mining may not seem the most accessible subject and the Museum (indeed, ANY museum) is always looking for new ways to capture the imagination and attention of every visitor, no matter their enthusiasm. As a visual medium, Lego can make a subject fun and relatable for all ages.The History and Future of Mining display is split into four quadrants that are briefly explained in less than 100 words, but the beauty of the display is that visitors can easily learn the different methods used in each time period by simply examining it – no reading required.

The display extends beyond the table and the Vancouver Lego Club has “hidden” 20 minifigures around the Museum site as an interactive “scavenger hunt”. Visitors are encouraged to find the minifigures and identify them on a ballot sheet for a chance to win a special prize supplied by the VLC. The customizable nature of Lego allows its users to create anything they can imagine and it means that the minifigures often relate to the place they were hidden. Here’s a freebie: a minifigure getting dressed for work is hidden in our Copper Sulphate building where there is a display of miners’ lockers containing clothes and hard hats.

While this display may not be 100% true to reality (the presence of an alien and a surfer come to mind) it is enough for visitors to gain a general understanding of the big picture ideas rather than concentrate on the fine details of statistics and fact. At the end of the day, we hope our visitors leave the Museum with good memories, a few new ideas and an inspired interest in our unique subject and Lego is just the perfect click-fit for Britannia.

The History & Future of Mining by the Vancouver Lego Club is on display in the Assay until April 6, 2014.

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Beyond the BrickBaron – Paul Hetherington interviewed on video

Paul Hetherington a.k.a. BrickBaron is a LEGO builder and artist who is well known throughout the LEGO AFOL community.  Last night, he did an interview with Joshua Hanlon and Matthew Kay from the YouTube channel Beyond the Brick.   It was an informative interview with a lot of good questions and answers and insights into how Paul builds. (hint: deadlines)

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Paul Hetherington (BrickBaron) with author and visual artist Douglas Coupland

The interview also reminds me of his many accomplishments that I’ve missed blogging about in the past few months.   He had an article in the February 2014 Brick Journal, his award winning Joker’s Fun House, his won the of the Dean Lovell MOC of the Year award, a few community showcases at the Oakridge LEGO Store and his “advert”-like 40th Anniversary Minifig bus.

We are spoiled and grateful to have him as a member of the VLC and continually look forward to seeing all that he has yet to create for many years to come.

Streamed live on Apr 9, 2014

Joshua Hanlon and Matthew Kay talk with Paul Hetherington.

Joker’s Funhouse:
http://goo.gl/VJ11IW

40th Anniversary Minifig build:
http://goo.gl/Gi9VWi

Dean Lovell Award:
http://goo.gl/c3SaKu

Vancouver B.C. Union Station:
http://goo.gl/I2mg6k

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The VLC at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire at the PNE – June 7-8, 2014

We had a lot of fun last year at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.   It’s great to know that so many of you Makers played and built with LEGO in your youth but then when on to find different mediums to express yourself artistically or professionally.

We’re here to show you that LEGO is still relevant and cool, so come back and see what people are building with it now!

So it’s with great pleasure to find out that we were once again accepted to be part of this year’s Vancouver Mini-Maker Faire (no thanks to me, forgetting application deadlines.) which will again be at the PNE forums.

I had a bit of trouble filling out our application because frankly, I don’t know exactly what our members are going to be showcasing this year.  A lot of our guys are working on projects and some are last minute clutch builders.

I do know that Paul Hetherington will be bringing out Fabuland Fun Faire.  This is a whimsical creation that stirs up a lot of LEGO nostalgia for those growing up in the late 70′s early 80′s.

Below is a video of the creation, but it really should be seen in person to truly appreciate it.

We’re going to do our best to bring things that are interactive, fun and kinetic.   And definitely, it’s a surprise.  (to us too.)

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