Last month, The Museum of Science and Industry showcased their newest exhibit (and one of our favorites so far), Brick by Brick, featuring twelve remarkable LEGO replicas of famous buildings found around the world. (Read our review and enter for a chance to win tickets!) The master builder, Adam Reed Tucker, is the man behind these amazing creations. Did you know he hails from the Chicagoland area (Arlington Heights)? Read on to learn a little more about the man behind the LEGO structures.
Q: What inspired you to start building with LEGOs as a full-time job?
A: The medium of LEGOs lent itself so naturally to building. It’s something you can click together, pull it apart easily. It’s not like ceramics or wood. You can make a mistake with LEGO, but with other materials, it can be hard to press the back button.
Q: What is your favorite piece you’ve created? Most difficult piece?
A: My favorite piece I’ve created for Brick by Brick was the Hoover Dam. My favorite piece I’ve created overall was the Robie House for the LEGO Architecture series. The most difficult pieces in the exhibit were the St. Louis Arch, because the calibration was difficult, but the most laborious was the Golden Gate Bridge.
Q: I understand you don’t use computers or sketches for your pieces. Do you think that will change in the future?
A: My process is scratch building, and I’ve been doing that for 10 years, so I don’t see myself deviating from that. I’ve found my groove and it works for me.
Q: You grew up in Arlington Heights. What is your favorite thing to do or restaurant in the area?
A: I like to take my son to Santa’s Village in Dundee where I grew up, as well as Pirates’ Cove in Elk Grove Village. It’s nice to see those types of places still around.
Q: You’ve had your work showcased at the Arlington Heights Library and now the Museum of Science and Industry? Where else in the Chicagoland area would you like to have your work showcased?
A: Eventually, I’d love to all of my pieces permanently housed within the Museum’s collections.
Q: Advice for kids interested in taking LEGOs to the next level?
A: Don’t get frustrated, and never give up. Be true to your vision and dream.
Q: I have to ask (boys were wondering) – how do you keep the pieces from falling apart? Krazy glue?
A: Gravity keeps them from falling apart. I don’t use glue, so I rely on the gift of gravity, in addition to the clutch power that keeps the LEGO bricks interlocked.
Now that you’ve taken the time to get to know Adam, go ahead and see Brick by Brick for yourself. Read the review here and while you’re there enter to win tickets for you and your family.
We are huge fans of places that Adam mentions – Pirate’s Cove and Santa’s Village AZoosment Park. Read more about those two kid-friendly places.