Brick event teenager’s brainchild

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Playtime during the Covid-19 pandemic inspired an event for Hawea next month.

Ben Pell and his sister Elizabeth spent some of the time during lockdown sorting out a vast collection of Lego pieces.

This inspired Ben to approach the Lake Hawea Community Centre with an idea for a brick show.

A hobby show planned for the Lake Hawea Community Centre in April was cancelled because of the lockdown, Ben said.

‘‘It wasn’t going to focus on Lego but it would have had some Lego in it, and I thought it would be a cool idea to have something instead of it.’’

Ben got in touch with members of the community centre society, proposing a brick show.

‘‘They agreed and then I worked with them to plan the Lego show.’’

Ben liked to create kits and use his imagination to devise unique items from the colourful bricks.

‘‘There is a lot of stuff you can make with Lego; there is probably unlimited choices.’’

The show will feature custom Lego competitions for different age groups — 6 and under, 7 to 11 and 12 to 16 years.

‘‘You build your own model and then you bring it in on the Friday the week before the display.’’

Children could build whatever they wanted as long as it was not part of a set, and younger children could use Duplo instead of Lego.

‘‘The judges will be looking at originality as well as creativity and building skills,’’ he said.

— The Central Otago Lake Hawea Brick Show will take place on Saturday and Sunday November 14 and 15 at the Lake Hawea Community Centre, Myra St, from 10am-5pm.