29 July 2010
Collaborative Displays to Watch
This year's brickfair will be rife with collaborative displays. Collaborative displays have been relatively light in previous years, but a number of interesting and exciting projects appears to be brewing within the community.
First up, building on the popularity of the Post-Apoc Meme, is the requisite Apocalego display. Robbyem's excellent Washington Monument (seen in photo at right) will be returning. Around it will spring up a new type of apocalyptic landscape: a placid and recovering walled town in the ruins of Washington, DC. This new take on a very violent theme might prove to be a very interesting and a rebirth for what some consider a one-trick-pony.
Next on the list of collaborative displays are a two-fer. Space. The word wrests the groins and passions of a thousand AFOLs. OK, maybe not. But it is a great exclamation. There's rumblings from the Space. coordinator that space(.) has been reserved for the ever-popular moonbase. Moonbase participation has been relatively light in past years, but has yielded some stellar MOCs, including Moonbase versions of Cafe Corner and Market Street.
Finally, and most excitingly is a new project that Magnus Lauglo has been brewing and piloting this past year, after the Brickfair 2009 "brick-built landscapes" roundtable session. Magnus has worked out an interesting standard for constructing large modular landscapes for displaying massive military battles (see photo at right of Magnus' setup at 2010's Marine Corp Family Day). The local AFOL has been bringing together a few builders from varying ends of the hobby, and promises to present a fun, impressive and ever-changing display.
These new projects, combined with the standard town layouts presented by Pennlug and Wamaltc, it looks like Brickfair will have a slew of great community builds.
(Photos above by myself, Brickapolis™ and Magnus Lauglo)