Lego artwork on mental health wins Southland hearts
Robyn Edie / stuff
Donella Evans with her award-winning mosaic. She says she wasn’t very excited about Lego until she found out she could use it to create art. “When you make a work of art like this, it’s an emotional journey,” she says.
This was only her third creation, but Donella Evans’ mental health-themed Lego mosaic captured the hearts of the judges and management at Stadium Southland.
The 2.1-meter by 1.8-meter artwork, made up of Lego pieces, won the Best Effort in Show award at this year’s Southland Brick Show, and the stadium management loved it so much that it will be on display in the stadium hall next month. .
Evans said she was blown away by the attention her piece had received because it was not her intention to compete.
She just wanted to create something that compliments the show’s charitable partners, I Am Hope, and raises awareness about mental health.
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The Evans mosaic features the face of the late actor Robin Williams, as well as a written message about depression.
She started planning the image of around 61,500 Lego pieces in February.
“The first person that comes to mind for my generation [when you think about mental health] is Robin Williams because he was that happy person. When he committed suicide it was a shock, ”said Evans.
“We don’t understand what’s going on with each other. We have to be nice. “
While the piece had to be moved to its new display position by strong people, Evans is delighted that he didn’t have to break it down right away.
Her husband, Gavin Evans, is the southern secretary of the Lego User Group (LUG), and said the judges were independent and had nothing to do with his wife’s victory.
He had worked on his own special creation and hoped to break the world record for the tallest Lego spiral train tower.
The current record is held by a 2.8m tower with 22 revolutions, and Gavin set out for a 3.25m high tower with 25 revolutions.
But sadly, hours before the deadline, Gavin’s Tower collapsed 2.5m.
He sees it as a learning curve, claiming he just didn’t have the supports to structure it.
“We will come back, we will reorganize, and we will be leaving next year,” Gavin said.
He and his team were thrilled to see so many families enjoying the Lego event this weekend.
The crowds had been “absolutely fantastic,” said Gavin, with more than 2,000 participants on Saturday alone.
LUG South uses its events to support children’s charities. This year’s grantees were I am Hope, Life Education Trust and Ronald McDonald House.
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