March 14th, 2016
The exhibition at the Lego factory has now finished and Striped Water has been moved on.
Zsolt has advised me that the work is now being displayed along with the other original and new works by the group in an exhibition at the Central Hotel in Nyíregyháza in Hungary. The exhibition opened on 12 March and is set for an extended run.
Many thanks to Zsolt Hudak and his team at Tekerd for all of their hard work and for keeping me updated.
For more images please see my blog on my personal website at http://sjpgalleries.weebly.com/blog
November 22nd, 2015
The exhibition of the images at the Lego factory in Nyiregyhaza in Hungary was formally opened on Tuesday 17th November 2015 by the HR Director of the factory. Striped Water is displayed in the main reception area of the factory which has 2,300 employees and receives around 7,500 external visitors per year together with employees from other factories visiting.
November 8th, 2015
Since my last blog about this project I am now advised that the Lego pictures have now been moved to the Lego factory in Nyiregyhaza in Hungary. They are to be exhibited there for the rest of the year.
Zsolt has provided me with pdf files of the brochures that are to accompany the exhibition and they can be seen in the blog on my personal website.
October 14th, 2015
The amazing story of my Striped Water image continues.
Zsolt has advised me this afternoon that all of the Lego creations by his students are now to be exhibited at the Lego factory in Nyiregyhaza in Hungary who have been closely involved with this project. Striped Water along with the image of Victor Vaserely who was one of the leaders of the op-art movement in the 1930's will be displayed in the main hall whilst other images in the project will be displayed in the canteen and the employee shop which will give exposure of the images to all visitors to the factory.
Another result for Zsolt and his team.
December 3rd, 2014
With a little over 8 weeks to the exhibition Zsolt has advised me that the photographer from the Hungarian national press has been to visit the school and following the visit and publication of the article some of the photos have been online in Argentina, Finland, Mexico and Spain.
Additionally, if LEGO approve, the image will be exhibited at another exhibition in the city also.
Photographs courtesy of Attila Balasz of the Hungarian National Press.
October 17th, 2014
Exciting times. The project has been completed and the Lego image is now ready for the exhibition in January. I think that the Lego mock up looks really good and applaud the skill of all of those involved. The image is made up of more than 7,000 Lego bricks and took some 36 hours spread over 2 weeks to build. More news and photographs to follow soon.
Zsolt has just mailed me to say that the photographer of the National News Agency loved Striped Water and is going to the school to take some photos so it looks like the project is going to make the national press in Hungary.
September 18th, 2014
I am really excited to announce that I was recently approached by Zsolt Hudack, a teacher in an educational establishment in Hungary requesting that I would allow him to use my work Striped Water (also known as Zebra Water) to be recreated by a group of underprivileged students. This is what Zsolt had to say:-
" I work in a secondary vocational school where almost half of the students are socio-economically underprivileged and/or gypsy minority students. I run the workshop in order to keep the students off the streets.
Since we are a partner institution of the LEGO factory based in our city, we have already had a few projects together. The biggest one so far was a 24-hour LEGO day, building a 25.000-brick LEGO map of our county. The design was by the American David Tracy (davidtrumantracy.com) and there were about 250 students , 30 teachers, and over a hundred local guests (artists, sportspeople, students) involved.
After this project, some of the students wanted to continue working with bricks, and so we did. They created some pictures and statues, and currently we have three projects going on simultaneously.
From the initial four students, the number of members have gone up to eight. All of the students are underprivileged, and/or minority students. Actually, before the end of the previous school year, there were five criminal cases going on against them. And the aim of the workshop is to help them find their place in the world, and to have them experience success.
To my great surprise the four students I started work with improved their academic results at the end of the school year as compared to the previous one. This helped us strengthen our support at LEGO.
From the beginning of this school year in September, we are aiming to have a certain goal for each semester. This is how my students came up with the idea of having an exhibition of 'black and white' pictures.
We are planning to have an exhibition of these black and white pictures in January of 2015. Since 2015 is the Year of Light by UNESCO, we wish to have this exhibition as part of our bigger project organized in our school. We hope to have the local media taking part in the event, however, with the approval of LEGO, we wish to involve the national media as well."
I am delighted to say that I have given my permission and that work is already underway. You can check out progress at Zsolt's Twitter feed @zshudak.The group also have a Facebook page called Tekerd.
The exhibition is due to be held on 29 January 2015. The venue is at Wesselenyi Miklos Vocational and Training School, 10-12 Dugonics Street, Nyiregyhaza 4400, Hungary.