Celebrating Flag Day the LEGO way


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Tess Rafols

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 6:53 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 14 at 8:18 AM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- While most people fly a flag on Flag Day, Brian Scott of Bonanza Educational built one.

With LEGO bricks as his medium, Scott created a huge United States flag. It's 7 feet by 12.5 feet and weighs more than 900 pounds.

In honor of this Flag Day, Scott is inviting people to help him build a second flag. This one will be slightly smaller -- 7 feet by 10.5 feet -- and will be made up of 114,006 LEGO bricks. That number isn't random. It's the total number of square miles in Arizona.

People can stop in the storefront at Mill Avenue and Seventh Street from June 14 – 21 from noon - 8 p.m. to help build the flag. All the flag-building action is in suite 121 of Centerpoint on Mill.

“Tempe has a history of patriotic events, such as the annual Healing Field of thousands of American flags on Sept. 11, the largest Independence Day celebration in the state and our Veteran’s Day parade” Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman said. “Our flags symbolically unite all Americans and Arizonans with pride.”

When the flag is finished, it will go on tour. It will be one of the main attractions at Tempe’s Fourth of July festival, has a potential stop at Tempe's Sept. 11 Healing Field event, the Arizona State Fair and will travel the state through Feb 14, 2013 -- Arizona's 101st birthday.

While helping to building the LEGO flag, people can also check out some amazing pieces by other LEGO artists.

As part of the flag-building event, the city of Tempe and the Downtown Tempe Community are hosting a competition for LEGO enthusiasts. The idea is to build LEGO interpretations of Tempe landmarks like the Mill Avenue Bridge, Gammage Auditorium and A Mountain.

Entries are due by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20.

For more information, visit www.bonanzaed.com or call Scott at 480 688-6055.