(Credit: Steven Schikora / MJ)
(Credit: Steven Schikora / MJ)

By STEVEN SCHIKORA, Guest Writer

It was a brisk, autumn afternoon in Dearborn, MI at The Henry Ford Museum, for LEGO’s Adam Reed Tucker’s displays, featuring many re-creations of famous architectural feats show-casing in the LEGO Architecture exhibit.

Once inside The Henry Ford, a pleasant stroll, toward the Museum Gallery, takes you through a timeline of American innovation to LEGO’s rightful place among curious onlookers.

Greeted upon entry to the exhibit, LEGO structures, illuminated in the dark, stand tall and vast, complemented with LEGO facts and quotes presented on the wall said by famous innovators of a past time.

(Credit: Steven Schikora / MJ)

“We have all spent hours sprawled on the floor playing with toy blocks and built little houses with LEGO bricks or some other construction toy. We have all been little architects,” quote said by Witold Rybczynski written on the wall.

Adam Reed Tucker worked full-time as a residential architect, for many years before 2003, when he rekindled his childhood interest in LEGO, inspired by his reverence for the tragic destruction of the World Trade Center to deepen his understanding and appreciation of architecture, engineering, and construction.

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away,” quote said by Antoine de Saint Erupeny written on the wall.

Tucker’s design process utilizes a “scratch-built” technique meaning that he examines photos, elevations, and artist renderings optimizing design fundamentals such as proportion, scale, form, and shadow, and he does not use computer modeling, pencil and paper, or written directions in his work. Tucker often has to rebuild portions of a building up to six times before he considers it complete.

“DID YOU KNOW? Since 1958, all LEGO pieces are fully compatible no matter which factory made them or in which year they were produced” is printed on the path through the exhibit.

At the end of the exhibit is the building area encouraging visitors of all, young and young at heart, to create buildings of their own, limited only by your imagination.

“DID YOU KNOW? The word LEGO is derived from the Danish words Leg and Godt, which basically means PLAY WELL” is also printed on the path through the exhibit.

For more information on the exhibit, visit The Henry Ford’s website here.