As a music composer, director, and film editor, Peter Spero has created instrumental compositions and short videos to express the Blocks to Bricks uniquely creative and artistic atmosphere. Peter comes from the world of musical composition and film creation, most recently completing the score for the feature film Heavens To Betsy by Robert Alaniz. As a touring concert keyboard player, he has been signed to MCA, RCA, and Chrysalis records with bands Kevin Lee and the Lonesome City Kings and TAMI Show, opening for Pearl Jam, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, Randy Travis, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Charlie Daniels, and many more. As a studio recording artist Peter has worked with producers such as Frank Filipetti (James Taylor, Foreigner, Survivor) Mike Chapman (Blondie, The Knack), Frank Sullivan (Survivor), Don Dixon (REM, Smithereens). His compositions has been on the Grammy ballot, as well as featured in TV and film media.
Stephan "slfroden" Froden
Stephan “slfroden” Froden has been a lifelong fan of LEGO. He studied Industrial Design in Melbourne, Australia, and enjoys the challenge of designing complex mechanisms. He has created award winning LEGO models and his work has been featured in a number of LEGO books that showcase innovative LEGO design. Whilst working in the US, and without access to his LEGO collection, Stephan decided to build a 50:1 LEGO Minifigure Costume for Halloween based on the Classic LEGO Spaceman from 1978. The main goals of the costume were to make sure that it can be worn by an adult, to keep the proportions as close to a real Minifigure as possible, and for it to be free-standing when not being worn. The costume is primarily constructed using foam-core board, hot glue, and fleece fabric, and it was completed in 2017.
Arjan Oude Kotte
Born in 1974 I have been playing with LEGO most of my childhood up until I was 13/14 years old. I built mostly city related things like ships and houses. The LEGO ideas books were a huge source of inspiration. Saving up money from birthdays to buy the bigger LEGO sets like the white model team truck set 5580. Then the dark ages came. I got back into LEGO about the age of 25 when me and my brother started sorting out our LEGO sets. I took, of course, set 5580 home together with the blue technic Go Cart 854 and the Dune Buggy 8845. I left the rest of the collection at my brothers house and started buying the larger technic sets like the Ferrari Enzo, mobile crane etc. The last set I bought was the LEGO PF motorized Bulldozer 8275. It was that set that got me searching on the internet for a solution for the blade that wasn’t going up and down smooth enough. I then found out I wasn’t the only adult still building LEGO sets. I came across the most beautiful creations made by some very good builders. In my opinion their creations were even better then the ones LEGO released. I wanted to do that as well. So, I stopped buying sets and started to build my own creations. At first they were all mining machines like shovels and crushers until I drove past a harbor and saw a fishing trawler. I turned that in to a LEGO model and from that time on I’m hooked on building maritime creations like large offshore ships and tugboats. At the moment I am busy creating a 3×3 m, large harbor layout with buildings, ships and everything related to it. Most of my models are built in Minifig scale (1 to 40).
Matt got his first K’NEX set in 2003 at the age of 7. He loved the versatility of the toy and how much could be done with it. As his collection grew, so did his ideas. Once he found an online community of K’NEXers, he eventually grew a friendship with Kyle. Matt is currently in his 5th year of a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
I have a BSFA from Valparaiso University. I studied photography and graphic design. Most of my post graduate career has been teaching art to youth. I have also donated my skills to non-profits, doing photography, web design, and graphic design work. I began building with LEGO when my family received our first set when I was about 3 years old. Though I never stopped building with them, I did not consider them an art medium until I was a parent myself. As a passionate armature landscape gardener, I was desperate for a way to indulge in my interest during the Wisconsin winters when I realized I could build gardens, using LEGO. From that “ah ha” moment, I never stopped creating with LEGO though it was just a private passion for about 20 years. In January of 2016, I joined the AFOL community for the first time. I build with LEGO because I enjoy the challenge creating with limitations of the medium.
I have been making these very special kinetic machines for over 20 years. They are the most fun ever to design and build, and they fascinate and mesmerize people. My rolling ball sculptures are unique, individual, and composed works of art made of welded stainless steel rod and hand bent rails, and with acrylic painted metal panels in an Aboriginal dot painting style. They are motorized and convey 12 to 15 colorful 1 inch glass marbles along shiny hand bent rails and through mesmerizing kinetic elements like loops, spinners, funnels and jumps. They are beautiful and composed artistic statements for the home – whether moving or standing still. I have been dreaming of making rolling ball sculptures since I was 10. My Auntie Sheila had a Roy Pullen rolling ball sculpture of bronze rod, and I was completely mesmerized – wondering how it was made, why it was made, and who would have thought of it. I can still remember the path the balls took along their way, and the sound they made. I was astounded that someone could create such magical art. It amazes me that we can imagine, and then through our effort, create and shape our world. I was influenced by the Apollo rocket program, Hot Wheels, Southern California skateboarding and body surfing, and by Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers. I am very proud of the 20+ years I have spent developing my art. Only a very few people in the world build these Rolling Ball Sculptures for sale.
As a general music teacher in the School District of Philadelphia, I always try to find ways in creating music with students in non- traditional means; such as, percussive compositions out of chairs. It was not until the summer of 2016 when I started using Lincoln Logs as a form of animation and music development at home. I would animate clay figures building various structures out of Lincoln Logs and then compose music to go with those animations. The first Lincoln Log video was released on my YouTube channel in January 2017 and a new release every month thereafter. I enjoy the challenge Lincoln Logs brings when creating structures beyond the traditional cabin. Healy Lodge is the first of my works to be illustrated in a museum (Blocks to Bricks: Construction Imagination at the Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, Illinois) and I hope this piece and the other artistic structures inspires people to create beyond the traditional means of any toy.
Kyle lives in Tennessee and is currently studying mechanical engineering. When he was 7 years old, he got his first K’NEX set. In 2008 he started a Youtube channel featuring videos of his K’NEX machines. He enjoys designing things with K’NEX because there are limitless projects that can be built, and it’s a fun challenge. It inspires him to use his imagination and play around with new mechanisms. Him and Matt have enjoyed working on collaboration projects since 2012.