BrickUniverse Lego Fan Convention brings local Lego lovers to downtown Louisville

Mac Aubrey, Staff Reporter

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A room full of hundreds of Lego creations and tens of thousands of Lego bricks is a wonderland in the eyes of Lego lovers alike. BrickUniverse Lego Fan Convention showcased that wonderland at the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville on Jan. 19 and 20.

Children and adults gathered at the event with a list of attractions to visit. Fans met professional Lego artists, viewed massive displays, created Lego creations, visited the Lego Building Zone, viewed Art on the Block gallery, visited the Blue Brick Build Area, and met famous characters from popular franchise Star Wars.

Professional Lego artists Paul Hetherington, Rocco Buttliere, E.J. Bocan III, and Jonathan Lopes were on site for the BrickUniverse Lego Fan Convention. The artists sat in their galleries, ready to talk to Lego lovers and autograph prints. The galleries showed off Lego art creations, including more than 40 mini replicas of world landmarks, a 62,500 Lego brick model of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, and a 14-foot model of the Manhattan Bridge.

The Lego Building Zone consisted of tables with hundreds of different Lego bricks piled atop them. People of all ages gathered around in concentration to begin their very own Lego creations.

Kids took part in a Lego building competition at the Challenge Zone where they were instructed to build the best space station they could in an allotted time. The winner of the most creative space station was chosen by Challenge Zone host and judge Roland Beights.

BrickUniverse vendors were on site selling anything and everything Lego-related. New sets, old sets, custom sets, new parts, old parts, custom parts, merchandise, t-shirts, jewelry, new minifigures, old minifigures, and more were available to buy during the event.

Since 2015, BrickUniverse has curated one of the largest Lego fan events in the world where local Lego lovers take part in building, learning, and playing amongst professional Lego artists.