By Justin Moran
Brickworld is coming to Indy this week. On March 14 and 15, the LEGO display will descend on the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The 45,000-square-foot exhibition will include a wide variety of LEGO constructions. You may see a movie scene reenacted, or a painting or building from real life depicted. It’s not all observation, though. Brickworld includes a free-build area, where kids of all ages can try their hand and build their own creations with the 20,000 bricks offered.
The event is described as a fascinating gathering of art by creator Bryan Bonahoom. “We are energized to do the Indianapolis show every year because the fans and the entire city are so excited about the event,” he said.
There will be a variety of examples of how to use the bricks for art and engineering. Last year’s exhibit included remote control LEGO cars, and this year’s will include a Rube Goldberg machine. Interactive activities will include remote-control fighting robots, mosaic build area, original game Monster Chess and more. There will also be vendors on hand, for those wanting to expand their collection of kits, minifigures and accessories.
The wide-open nature of LEGO building makes it an educational toy to play with. While LEGOs were originally created as children’s toys, they have captured a much wider audience today. Tickets are $11; children 3 and under are admitted free. Brickworld began in 2007, and first came to Indiana in 2010. Last year’s exposition hosted 17,000 people, nearly 20 percent growth from 2013. The organization also puts on exhibitions in Fort Wayne, Chicago and Tampa.