Artist demonstrates craft Thursday
Paul Vermeesch used Legos to make this scale model of the Charlevoix library building and grounds. (Courtesy photo / January 16, 2013)
The Artist in Action series promotes local artists and their crafts by providing demonstrations in the lobby of the library.
Paul volunteered to help oversee the library's Lego club.
"Paul has endeared himself to the kids by teaching with enthusiasm and talking about the toy bricks as an artistic medium," said Audrey Shapiro, youth services coordinator at the library.
Paul proposed building a scale model of the library that the library could keep, if the library paid for the blocks. He organized a professional business presentation that he took to the Friends of the Library for funding. The Friends agreed to pay for the Lego blocks and Vermeesch began his design, with the hopes of cementing the last few bricks during the Artist in Action series on Thursday at the library.
Paul is 16 years old and is home-schooled. He also takes online classes through Stanford University and Patrick Henry College. For many years, Paul dabbled in clay miniatures, and eventually stumbled across the global community of Lego artists. Adults and teens alike have taken the toy building block beyond their limits as a toy and into the realm of "medium."
For the library project, most of the scaling was done by hand and by eye. Vermeesch calculated a simple percentage from actual to the scale size then blew up the library's blueprints to that scale. That allowed him to build right on top of the correctly-sized blueprints. Paul's abilities and love of the medium has created a desire to start a business to help support his hobby. He is creating a website, launching Jan. 17, to market his new business Miniature Modeling creating all types of Lego models for customers.
For more information about events at the library, visit www.charlevoixlibrary.org. To see some of Paul's creations, visit http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/54098.