Moose International is a longstanding fraternal organization that, among other things, funds and operates Mooseheart, a school in Illinois for underprivileged children. I was approached by Moose International to design and build a Lego model of their House of God, a beautiful building on the campus of Mooseheart, for the annual Moose convention hosted at the opulent Opryland convention center in Nashville. The theme of the convention was "Build Our Foundation," so the organization thought they would try something unique by having a Lego model built from the foundation up during the conference.
The turnaround for the project was less than a month, so I designed the 2'x2' model digitally in a week and had all my Bricklink orders shipped by Priority Mail. Moose flew me down to Nashville with the 5,000 pieces in a suitcase, and I spent two eight-hour days building the model on-site with the help of several children who were attending the convention.
The model was raffled off, and we raised over $3,000 for charity.
Those were two grueling days, but I still think I have the coolest job ever.
Enjoy browsing photos of the model and process!
About this creation
The House of God is an ecumenical church with a main sanctuary in the middle, a Protestant wing, and a Catholic wing.
This is a writeup that was displayed with the model.
This is me and two of my helpers with the finished model.
I ordered nearly 5,000 elements from 16 different Bricklink stores from 13 U.S. states.
When I got to Nashville, kids were able to help build the model by following a set of printed instructions that I had prepared beforehand.
I even had a few adults and seniors stop by the display to put a few pieces on the model in addition to purchasing raffle tickets.
Paul, that is stunning. You have to be one of the most elegant builders around, and this is testament to that. Your choice of building it at an angle is a masochistic choice which I admire - the extra effort really paid off, it makes the build much more dynamic. Beautifully built throughout, everything is crisp and well detailed. Lovely build for a great cause, you have a knack for this.