LIAM MOHAJERI NORRIS
Muse Science Magazine for Kids|September 2021
LEGO® ENTHUSIAST, BUILDER, TEACHER
Carolyn Fay

Liam Mohajeri Norris, 18, builds with Lego, brick by brick and layer by layer. When he was 13, he founded a Lego Design Club for kids in his homeschooling community in Virginia. At age 15, he ran free weekly Lego workshops at the local Boys and Girls Club, using toy donations he solicited from the community. He also launched a YouTube channel, “Brixter,” where he posts video tutorials such as the “10 Bricks a Day” challenge. Every day for one year, Liam posted a new video demonstrating how to build something with only 10 Lego bricks. With quite a few more bricks—over 5,000—he built a “Spirit Lion” that’s roughly as tall as a golden retriever. It won the 2019 Best Sculpture prize at BrickFair Virginia, an annual Lego convention. When he’s not building MOCs, making video tutorials, or doing schoolwork, Liam teaches Lego engineering classes for kids, sharing his passion and skills with a new generation.

Liam’s Spirit Lion had dozens of tiny details, like smaller animals and people built into its body.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BUILDING WITH LEGO?

I love two aspects of building with Lego the most. One is trying to instill spirit into my models. Whether I am building a futuristic city or an ancient magical lion, I strive to have three levels of detail. The first is the hook; it’s what catches the attention of the viewer. For example, a two-foot-tall lion built from Lego. The second level is the story, such as the ancient West African village perched on the lion’s back. When the viewer’s imagination is captured by the story, they stop to look closer and take in the whole creation. The third level of detail is found in the small touches, like the house nestled in the branches of the baobab tree growing out of the lion’s shoulders. This final level is what really brings the model to life and gives depth to the creation. When all three levels work together in a model, that build has spirit.

The second thing I love about building with Lego is the challenge of constructing just about anything from small plastic bricks. It is like trying to solve a puzzle, except you get to choose how it looks in the end.

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