Many Lego enthusiasts simply follow the instructions. Dr Amy Lau of Spearwood Dental Centre in Hamilton Hill, WA, is not one of those people. By Frank Leggett
“Some Lego builders glue their pieces together but that’s frowned upon by us purists. It’s the one crime to which no Lego builder would admit. In fact, in The Lego Movie, Kragle was a super-weapon used by the evil villain. Kragle is nothing more than Krazy Glue with a few letters rubbed off the tube.
“I have many large Lego creations on display in my house. Each one consists of thousands of blocks and absolutely no glue is used. I also have two dogs but they are well-behaved and have never knocked anything over. However, I could never own a cat—it’s just too dangerous.
“I pretty much ignored Lego as a kid. It seemed to be all castles and policemen back then and held no interest for me. It wasn’t until I started working as a dentist that I purchased my first set. I was fascinated by the architecture set that really got my attention—the Eiffel Tower.
“A few years ago, I joined a Facebook group of adult Lego collectors and builders. They have all the inside information on sourcing special sets and a lot of them are very enthusiastic about creating their own designs. They inspired me to start building my own designs and stop following the instructions. I posted a few photos of my creations and the feedback I received from the Facebook group was very satisfying.
“There are a number of exhibitions that take place around Australia and I had visited a few of the local ones. Last year, there was a big exhibition in Perth that was also raising funds for charity. I decided to get involved and made a huge Chinese garden. It included streetscapes, gardens, flowers, people and buildings. It took about 15,000 pieces to build. It really opened my eyes to what other people can do and the extent of my ability. There are definitely more exhibitions in my future.
“I have one crazy friend who put together a 6000-piece Millennium Falcon (from Star Wars) in 14 hours. I had to bring him lunch and dinner because he forgot to eat. I’ll never be that obsessed but turning ideas into physical form with Lego really gives me a lot of satisfaction. I often bring a small set to work and build it during lunch. I then feel refreshed and ready to go when I return to the surgery.”