Brick fantasies raise $10,000

MASTERCLASS: Lego guru Travis Matheson teaches the art of "brick bending" at Queenscliffe Bricks.

About 2000 kids and kids at-heart stared in awe at Lego displays at Queenscliff over the weekend, featuring pirates, princesses and everything in between.

The 50-plus Lego scenes of fantasy, imagination and local iconic buildings at Queenscliffe Bricks fascinated organiser Karen Pecar.

“Residents of Geelong and the Bellarine might have recognised Lathamstowe Queenscliffe,” she said.

“However, the carnivorous man-eating plant in the garden might have been a surprise, or the Geelong CFA and ambulance station.”

The brick enthusiasts helped Queenscliff Rotary Club raise more than $10,000 during the two-day exhibit, Karen said.

The money will fund Rotary’s support of local refugees and aspiring indigenous health professionals, along with its international quest to end polio.

Lego guru Travis Matheson worked his magic in masterclasses revealing the secrets of “brick bending” – the art of making straight bricks into curved shapes.

“In 20 minutes the young initiates managed to build a huge circle out of Lego that fit 40 adults and children inside,” Karen said.

Melbournian Kale Frost won the people’s choice award for ‘World’s Finest’ – a huge multi-dimensional mosaic depicting Superman from one angle and Batman from another.

The exhibit attracted local Lego enthusiasts, young and old, like Point Lonsdale nursing student Huw Joyce.

Huw spent about eight hours studying the detail of Geelong’s fire and ambulance station and constructing a replica, he told the Indy least week.

“(Lego is) a good escape from everyday life,” he said.

“You look at the clock and all of a sudden it’s midnight.”


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