NEOLUG member Zach Lewis (and his sons Wesley and Elliot) were recently featured in the Shaker Heights Schools November Newsletter! The article, which you can read here, explains how Lewis came out of his “dark ages of LEGO” and provides various insights into Zach’s architectural building style, specifically delving into his LEGO versions of local buildings including Boulevard Elementary School and CWRU Harkness Chapel. To see even more of Zach’s amazing LEGO creations, check out his Flickr.
NEOLUG’s very own Wayne Peltz was featured in this month’s Mimi Vanderhaven, a monthly magazine run out of Brunswick that features locally-owned businesses in Northeast Ohio. The article (shown on the left) highlighted Wayne’s recent mosaic of the Cleveland Indians’ shortstop, Francisco Lindor and dove deep into Wayne’s personal building process.
Below is a reprint of that Mimi Vanderhaven article written by Kelli Comer. You can also view the entire April 2017 Mimi Vanderhaven online here.
Many Children dream of turning their favorite pastime into something more when they grow up. Wayne Peltz did just that with the creation of One By 1 LEGO® Mosaics. His innovative, realistic LEGO® works of art represent people in stunning mosaic form.
Little did he know his hobby would turn into something much bigger.
Wayne works in the visiting clubhouse for the Cleveland Indians, so he regularly rubs elbows with key players in the major leagues. Wayne’s love of sports and his daily ability to circulate among some of the world’s most talented athletes, along with a desire to find an outlet for his creativity, all merged for a creation of the One By 1 brand.
The residents of Northeast Ohio aren’t the only ones impressed with Wayne’s talent. A majority of his clientele are the very athletes depicted in his work.
“I do sell my pieces upon request, but I create very few pieces that aren’t purchased by the athletes themselves,” Wayne explains.
In 2014, Wayne created a special LEGO® mosaic for MLB great Derek Jeter’s last season, which served as the farewell gift to Jeter from the Cleveland Indians. The mosaic captured Jeter’s very first home run hit off Cleveland pitcher Dennis Martinez on April 2, 1992.
Wayne participates in TribeFest each year, an annual event for fans held by the Cleveland Indians at the end of January. This year, the fans helped Wayne construct a new mosaic at his interactive booth.
Wayne is often asked which of his works was the hardest to create.
“I always answer honestly. It’s the one I’m currently working on,” he says. “Each piece is done entirely by trial and error, and sometimes I redo an aspect of it multiple times until I get it just right.”
Although his fandom and clientele happen mainly by word of mouth, you can email Wayne at firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries. Wayne’s work can be found on Facebook at One By 1 LEGO® Mosaics. You can also see his work by following @WaynePeltz on Instagram.
The International Women’s Air & Space Museum will be hosting its annual FREE community event, Family Day, on May 6, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This year’s theme is “Soaring Into the Future.” According to the Museum, kids can enjoy games, activities, crafts, entertainment, education, and community resources at the event.
This year, NEOLUG will be featuring several LEGO® creations during the family day event, including space-themed creations and a Rosie the Riveter style mosaic called “Rosie the Builder” built by Abbie Bocan of Abbie Dabbles. To see NEOLUG’s display and take part in the Family Day event, head over to the Burke Lakefront Airport, Rm 165, 1501 N. Marginal Rd. Cleveland, Ohio 44114 on May 6, 2017. For more information about the event, visit the Museum’s website here.
Back in August 2016, the members of NEOLUG joined forces to create a 5-foot tall Minecraft Creeper. For those unfamiliar with this block-shaped monstrosity, a “Creeper” is an exploding creature from the video game Minecraft. (It’s one of the most dangerous enemies in the game)
Our LEGO® Creeper is made from more than 10,000 green 2×4 LEGO® bricks as well as a handful of green plates and black bricks.
NEOLUG member Adrian Drake acted as the lead designer for this collaborative group build. Armed with only the total number of green bricks that the club possessed, Adrian determined the maximum size that our creeper could be. Then, he set the group to work building green boxes of various dimensions. The head, for example, is 64 studs wide by 53 bricks tall.
In total, there are four boxes that serve as the Creeper’s feet (with pixelated toes), and a large torso and head. From start to finish (including the time it took Adrian to “crunch the numbers”) we were able to completely build and assemble our LEGO® Creeper in just under 2 hours.
NEOLUG’s life-sized Creeper was featured in Brick Journal and is currently on display for a limited time only at Sir Troy’s Toy Kingdom in Canton, Ohio. To see more photos of NEOLUG’s Minecraft Creeper, including photos of the building process and assembly, check out NEOLUG’s Flickr page.