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On View: LEGO artist Paul Hetherington

June 24, 2018 GMT

Some may say Paul Hetherington’s art is just child’s play. His choice of medium is LEGO bricks and pieces. An exhibit of his LEGO creations will be at the BrickUniverse Convention for LEGO Fans Friday and Saturday at Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive.

As a boy, Hetherington’s favorite LEGO set was model 918 One Man Space Ship. After what he calls the “dark ages” of not building anything LEGO during his teen years, the M-Tron and Blacktron space series rekindled his interest in LEGOs when he was 21. He began collecting LEGOs at garage sales, and during an interview in May of 2013, told the hosts of Canada’s Shaw TVs “The Express” that he has more than 1 million LEGO pieces.

Hetherington’s biggest inspiration is architecture. And, after 20 years of building, he is still strives to improve himself and take his LEGO art to the next level. Including automation in his creations was a previous goal, and some of those works will be in the BrickUniverse exhibit. He has said he is always trying to do something “unexpected or oddball.”

Hetherington lives in Vancouver, Canada. He will be attending both days of BrickUniverse in Madison.

— Robyn Norton