You might see a familiar landmark the next time you’re perusing the toy aisle: a LEGO version of the Milwaukee Art Museum, moveable wings included. Vida András, under the username vidaandras, submitted his LEGO version of the MAM into the toy company’s LEGO Ideas competition where the winner’s submission potentially turns into a new brick-based LEGO playset if it receives 10,000 votes.
It goes without saying that we, as Milwaukeeans, must vote for András’ submission, which you can do here.
LEGO launched the competition encouraging its consumers to “unleash your creativity and show that you are a true master builder,” according to the LEGO Ideas website. The competition calls for a product idea or a proposal for a new LEGO Ideas set, including photos or a 3D rendering of the original product and a written proposal. All submissions are published on the website and open for voting. If a set receives 10,000 votes, it goes up for expert review and will potentially be made into a real LEGO Ideas set. Anyone can choose to cast their support for one of the projects and help move their favorite closer to expert review.
The mind behind the MAM submission, Vida András, is a 26-year-old from Budapest for whom “LEGO shaped [his] life” according to his LEGO Ideas bio. András says in the description of the piece on the LEGO Ideas website that he has “always been fascinated about the architectural language [Santiago] Calatrava is using” in Calatrava’s design of the MAM and that the building’s “rib-like complex shapes are really inspiring” for him.
András’ submission currently has 4,820 votes (at the time of this writing) and 36 days left to hit the 10,000-vote mark. The submission was also featured as a LEGO Staff Pick. Although this designation does not guarantee success for András, Staff Picks “celebrate fantastic projects that show off something out of the ordinary.”
If you want to see the LEGO Milwaukee Art Museum on shelves, consider it your duty to vote. To vote for András’ design go to this link and click “Support.”