Hales Corners — Give children a pile of LEGOS, and they will amaze.
Children created a replica of the village of Hales Corners from thousands of LEGOs on Thursday, June 19, at the public library with the help of a local architect.
Local institutions like city hall, Hales Corners Elementary School and the police and fire stations were all created by participants — so were unexpected additions from kids' creative imaginations, like an army base, an airport, a hot dog stand on an island in the middle of a lake, and a park and pool where an ice skating troll makes ice skates for residents.
"It's a hoot," said John Peine, architect and LEGO program facilitator. "The scenarios are what are cool. You never know what you are going to get."
Peine and his wife, Sylvia, an art teacher, have led children in LEGO building for the last 20 years. Sylvia used to work for LEGO and John, as an architect, used to use LEGOs at events through the American Institute of Architects Wisconsin chapter.
The two have also made innumerable demonstrations at school high interest days, the Milwaukee Art Museum and Milwaukee School of Engineering.
About 85,000 LEGOs filled the library basement tables as kids sifted through 120 color-coded shoeboxes to create the city landmark of their choice or their home. Once completed, buildings were arranged on 10 banquet tables, which were divided by West Forest Home Avenue and South 108th Street.
John began the program by teaching kids that "arch" in the word "architect" means "master" and "tect" means "builder." He urged all participants to be a "master builder," a phrase he pulled from "The Lego Movie."
This is the library's second year constructing the village out of LEGOs. In April, John created a 40-foot K'Nex bridge at the library.
His next project is to visit Wauwaotsa's Public Library to create towers that are 10- to 12-feet tall.
"There's no crying in LEGOs," John said. "It's just a good time."
- Free Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert at Boerner Botanical Gardens
- Wounded Warrior now "The Chowventor" (1)
- Sandra Kulik to proceed Mike Weber as Hales Corners' Administrator
- Hales Corners Library to host puppet show for summer reading program
- Watercolor paintings of nature on display at Botanical Gardens
- Hales Corners Board selects new administrator
- Rolling road forces bumpy review in Hales Corners
- Hales Corners Chamber of Commerce social to focus on "Millennial Mind"
- Hales Corners police report: June 23, 2016 issue
- Bethseda Thrift Shop hosts fashion show, helps those with disabilities