Brickman sums it up


Lego professional Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught with a model of the Sydney Opera House at the Cockburn Gateway exhibit.  Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d448473
Lego professional Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught with a model of the Sydney Opera House at the Cockburn Gateway exhibit. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d448473

The Gazette might have found at least one answer.

Ryan McNaught was the main attraction at a Lego exhibition at Cockburn Gateway starting last week, bringing with him a number of large models and mosaics.

‘The Brickman’ is one of just 13 certified Lego professionals in the world.

His message to kids keen to follow in his footsteps is to be “awesome at maths”.

“I know kids hate it when I say it but it’s really important,” he said.

“What we do is very mathematical.

“There is a lot of geometry, pattern recognition, so your brain has to be wired a certain way.”

Mr McNaught said he spent plenty of time researching before he started building.

“All good models need about 15 per cent research time (for you to understand) what it is you are going to build, looking at what it is from all angles, and really getting to know the subject matter,” he said.

“Over the years, having built hundreds of things, I’ve had to learn a lot about things I had no idea about.”

The Lego exhibition at Cockburn Gateway runs until January 24.

For information visit cockburngateway.com.au .