When your initials spell "ART," there is a good chance your future might be creative. At least, that is the case for Adam Reed Tucker of Arlington Heights, Ill.
You might recognize the Lego-certified professional — one of just 14 worldwide — through his intricate versions of world-renowned structures built entirely with Lego bricks. His current exhibition at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry features 13 of his architectural Lego creations, including a 60-foot-long recreation of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and an enchanting interpretation of Cinderella's castle.
This spring, Tucker is finishing up his latest creative endeavor: an art gallery-inspired museum experience called Blocks to Bricks, which takes visitors on an educational and inspirational journey through five types of three-dimensional building materials, including a major focus on plastic.
"Blocks to Bricks is the journey from stone blocks to plastic bricks and everything in between," Tucker said in a phone interview.
The museum, though still under construction, is located inside Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Ill., about 40 minutes northwest of Chicago, and slated to open in May. Its space on the second-floor mezzanine overlooking the atrium spans roughly 13,000 square feet and, once completed, will house 13 distinct walkthrough zones exploring 3D creativity with plenty of exhibit pieces on display dating back more than 150 years.
Those interested in seeing some of Tucker's private collection and office at the museum can pay $30 to get access inside what he is calling "the Vault," but they must be accompanied by the artist himself. General admission into the museum is $15. A 1,400-square-foot retail area allows visitors to buy on-site injection molded bricks as well as brand-exclusive items, one-of-a-kind pieces, vintage sets and limited editions.
A self-guided tour through the museum, which will operate as a nonprofit, starts with a two-minute introductory video in the theater room before moving on to stone, winding through wood, metal and paper, and ending with plastics, showcasing various plastics objects or construction toys like tangrams, girders and panels as well as pieces from big names like PlayPlax, K'Nex and Lego.
Tucker said the plastics section makes up 60 percent of the museum, a majority of which will be focused on the Lego brick.