Recently I spoke with MailChimp user and Richmond artist Brian Korte of Brickworkz LLC. Brian started Brickworkz as a way to create custom art and conversation pieces, using LEGO bricks as his medium of choice. The idea came to him in 2004 when two close friends were about to marry. Wanting to do something completely different, Brian looked through his LEGO stash and began designing a portrait of the couple using 10,400 LEGO bricks.
From there, Brian began building for a local gallery and designing custom portraits for families and businesses. In 2006, Brickworkz LLC was formed. Brian spent the next two years taking the show on the road to various LEGO-related events, capturing his completed works online. By 2007, online visitors from countries like Israel, Hong Kong, Ireland, Canada and England were requesting Brickworkz art.