12 Year old Jack is Building a Better World
When the world paused due to the recent lockdown it didn’t put a stop to the creativity and resilience of children.
Now, to celebrate the endless imagination and unique ingenuity that kids possess, the LEGO Group has unveiled an awe-inspiring installation – a 13ft globe – which showcases a build created by Jack Berne, Founder of A Fiver for A Farmer.
12-year old Jack is from Sydney’s Northern Beaches created a thoughtful and creative build that he has named “Farming Hope”.
“I was so excited to be asked to create a LEGO build symbolising what I would include if I was to rebuild the world. I decided to keep it simple so I built a row of crops for food, a stream for water, a windmill for power that is sustainable, and a rainbow for hope, positivity and diversity. It’s incredible to think that something that I’ve made is now part of an installation at LEGO House in Denmark!” Jack said.
Jack’s Mum, Prue Berne, said “Working with LEGO on this project has really been a dream come true for Jack. He has played with LEGO ever since he was little - whether it’s following the instructions or building his own creations. It was amazing to see his thought process behind his “Farming Hope” build as part of the Rebuild the World campaign, he spent two nights creating it so that it was perfect. It just shows how creative kids can be!”
The globe, which is on display at LEGO House in Billund, Denmark, took 2,700 hours to build and uses over 350,000 LEGO® bricks and elements. With LEGO creations sent in from all over the world, the globe acts as a joyful symbol of hope and positivity. Kids used their powerful imaginations to make sense of the world, and now the LEGO Group is giving us the opportunity to see the world through their eyes.
Children’s creations are displayed in five categories – nature, vehicles, fantasy creatures, objects and places.
Farming Hope – a sustainably powered farm with crops, a stream and an ever-present rainbow of positivity
Mobile Corn Man – fancy some vitamins? This veg patch on the move provides kids with instant carrots and corn deliveries
Magical Owlicorn – a mysterious, blue horned creature... who knows what mystical powers he possesses?!
Dream Hospital Treehouse – bringing joy to children in hospital, this room in the treetop canopy even has a built-in doughnut bar
And it’s not too late to be part of the process. Families worldwide can contribute their own LEGO creations on a digital version of the globe by submitting them at lego.com/rebuild-the-world. People can also explore the stories behind some of the builds on the website, including amusing insights into kids’ creative process.
New research from the LEGO Group shows that children want more family playtime and parents saw play as providing a vital role in keeping the whole family entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic. 94% of parents globally also believe that play helps develop creative skills, with resilience viewed as one of the most important skills for kids to learn for their future success.
Libor Udržal, LEGO Model Specialist, who was involved with the creation of the installation, said: “This project really emphasised the magic of LEGO play for me. It has been inspiring to recreate children’s creations and hear the diverse thought processes and influences behind each piece we’ve re-built. I’ve been a Model Builder for 20 years now and yet they’ve taught me new methods of building, their creativity knows no end!”
The installation will be showcased at LEGO House from 6th October to 6th November.
(Images Supplied by Thrive PR)