Raleigh, N.C. — Steve Gerling is a master builder, but his creations are closer to art than architecture. Though his building blocks are small and plastic, his imagination is unlimited.
Gerling and a legion of LEGO builders will gather at the LEGO KidsFest this weekend at the Raleigh Convention Center.
He is one of only seven master builders in North America, but the event will draw a sellout crowd of more than 27,000.
Chris Steininger, another master builder, said it’s a tough job to snag, but master builders’ creativity pays off.
“I get paid to play with LEGO,” Steininger said. “I could think of worse things to be doing.”
The blocks build not only works of art but children’s creative skills, Gerling said.
“The creativity is absolutely unlimited,” Gerling said. “Anything you can imagine, you can create in LEGO bricks.”
There are no limits to the creativity that constructs LEGO masterpieces, but one rule at the convention is certain: Attendees should keep their shoes on to avoid stepping on the tiny bricks.
Though many parents love the kind of play LEGO blocks allow, stepping on one can be painful.
“It’s like, ‘I’m going to throw all your LEGOs away!’” Gerling joked.