LEGOs have their place among little ones with bold imaginations.
But what about grown-ups with the same creative ambition?
Brian Scott knows the answer; Scott and the team at Bonanza Educational are working to construct an 8-foot-by-10.5-foot Arizona Centennial Flag out of LEGO brand building bricks as part of a Flag Day celebration. “Construction” kicks off Thursday and runs through June 21.
It will take 114,006 bricks — conveniently the equivalent of our state’s total square mileage — and he’s looking for the community’s help.
Once the flag is completed it will go on tour throughout the state, stopping at Tempe’s Fourth of July festival and the Arizona State Fair.
This is not the only structure that Scott has created. In March, he built a 10-foot tall cactus out of LEGOs, but this time he wants his creation to be 100 percent made by the community.
Many kids develop an early love for LEGOs. Growing up in Chandler, Brian and his brother, Jeremy, were no different. In 2002, the two created an online LEGO distribution company, known as BrickBros. They were only teens when they started the company, and became LEGO’s first independent online supply business, they said.
The Scott brothers joined with Chris Piccirillo and started Bonanza Educational out of inspiration from BrickBros. While Jeremy still lives in Chandler, Brian and Chris are both residents of Gilbert. The company is based out of Gangplank, the downtown Chandler-based business and technology incubator.
Bonanza Educational offers educational enrichment programs for individuals who can practice their creativity through the art of LEGOs.
“Bonanza’s goal is to educate students in a unique way,” Brian Scott said. “By creating our flags out of (hundreds of thousands of) LEGO bricks, we are helping them remember flag facts and history through everyone’s favorite toy, LEGO.”
Bonanza Educational, LLC has not limited itself to after-school programs. The company has expanded learning opportunities to the community, offering programs to all ages.
Thursday’s Arizona centennial flag building event is aimed at just that, and Valley residents are invited to grab a handful of LEGOs and help Scott construct this flag at Centerpoint on Mill Avenue. Those wanting to help can stop from noon to 8 p.m. June 14-21 at a temporary storefront set aside for the project. The site is located near Mill Avenue and Seventh Street, in suite 121 of the Centerpoint development. Other LEGO art — including a 900-pound United States LEGO flag — will be on display as well.
In a similar related promotion sponsored by the City of Tempe and the Downtown Tempe Community, locals are encouraged to build their own LEGO creation to be judged in an upcoming LEGO contest. Whoever can create the best interpretation of a Tempe landmark — like the Hayden Flour Mill, Mill Avenue Bridge, or ASU Gammage, among others — can receive Fourth of July celebration tickets for the whole family, Mill Avenue goodie bags, and more.
The structure must be made entirely out of LEGOs (except for the base). Entries are due to Centerpoint storefront on Mill by 3 p.m. on June 20.
More information on the contest and the flag-building event, can be found via the event’s Facebook page at evtnow.com/legoflagfacebook
If you go
What: Help construct an 8-foot-by-10.5-foot Arizona Centennial Flag out of LEGOs.
When: Noon to 8 p.m. June 14-21.
Where: Centerpoint on Mill, 660 S. Mill Ave., suite 121, Tempe
Cost: Free admission
• Caitlin, a senior studying public relations and journalism at Northern Arizona University, is an intern for the East Valley Tribune. Contact her at (480) 898-6514 or firstname.lastname@example.org