Heather Memorial Project

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    Hello friends.

    As many of you may know, Heather Braaten had passed away this past March. She was a LEGO convention staple and a friend to many, both in and out of the LEGO community. Her loss was felt throughout the LEGO world as blogs, publications, and websites mourned her passing, including Brothers-Brick, Bricklink, Model Building Secrets, and Eurobricks. Even the LEGO Corporation paid their respects to such a vivacious and dynamic individual. She was a talented builder, a graphic designer, a wife and mother, a close friend...and, as I can personally attest, a formidable Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit player.

    If you haven’t already, you may join the Heather Braaten Group here on flickr to post any Heather related photos you might have, engage in discussions, and to remember her as she lived.

    Robert Frost and I are the founders of The Heather Memorial Project. Our goal is to present a large LEGO mosaic of the above image to Heather’s family at BrickCon 2012 this coming October, but we need your help. The mosaic dimensions measure 40x50 inches, using twenty 10x10in. baseplates or 20,480 studs. It will be an interactive project, allowing convention attendees the opportunity to actually participate in the building of this mosaic and to write personal sentiments to Heather and her family. While the brunt of the work will be done at BrickCon by the attendees, the mosaic mapping, planning and collection of funds and materials rests on our shoulders. BrickCon is just around the corner and while generous donations have already provided all twenty baseplates, most of the inner structure and all the pink plates we will need, there is still plenty left to do. More donations are needed to purchase project supplies. Any extra funding at the end of the project (and we hope for extra) will be donated to Heather’s family, or a charity of their choice, at BrickCon or shortly after. If you’d like to donate to help the project along, you may at our pay pal account: heather_memorial_project@comcast.net.

    Another great way to help is to donate LEGO plates (not bricks), either from your own collection or through orders. Its been suggested that it might be fun to “sponsor a color”, and I wholeheartedly agree. The plates still needed are listed below and quantities will be changed or crossed out once these plates are acquired.

    300 1x1 plates white
    200 2x2 plates white
    100 L-shaped plates white
    40 1x1 plates tan
    50 1x1 plates dark tan
    50 L-shaped plates dark tan
    100 1x1 plates medium blue
    50 L-shaped plates medium blue
    100 2x2 plates medium blue
    50 2x4 plates medium blue
    500 1x1 plates blue
    300 L-shaped plates blue
    300 2x2 plates blue
    20 4x8 plates blue
    100 2x3 plates blue
    30 1x1 plates yellow
    100 1x1 plates green
    200 1x1 bricks dark green
    200 1x2 plates dark green
    200 L-shaped plates dark green
    100 2x2 plates dark green
    500 1x1 plates light grey
    200 L-shaped plates light grey
    200 1x1 plates dark grey
    200 1x2 plates dark grey

    If you can donate any of these LEGO plates, please let us know either here or in our flickr inboxes and we will notify you where to send them. Whether you donate funds, plates, or both, of course anything you do will be greatly appreciated, but as BrickCon 2012 is quickly approaching the time to act is now. We will find a way to make your donations from you or your organization known...or you may request to donate anonymously as some have already done.

    Thank you all, in advance, for helping us celebrate a creative builder and dearly missed friend.

    Take care.

    Lino Martins and Robert Frost
    Heather Memorial Project

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    1. Brick Customs 30 months ago | reply

      they would have been proud of you

    2. Tiaelle 30 months ago | reply

      What a wonderful tribute! I look forward to seeing the finished project and know it will mean a great deal to all those who loved her.

    3. Lord-Sterling 30 months ago | reply

      Awesome. I'll put a list together of what I can donate. I've got a bunch of that plate and brick.

    4. rabidnovaracer 30 months ago | reply

      I've got 40 1x1 tan plates, 30 1x1 med blue plates and 10 2x4 med blue plates.

    5. bricksonwheels 30 months ago | reply

      Maybe we can donate through Paypal Lino, as shipping bricks from here means in practical life that you could buy many more in the USA just due to the high shipping cost and better prices in the US.

    6. Lord-Sterling 30 months ago | reply

      I can do the following:

      50 1x1 plates dark tan
      50 L-shaped plates dark tan
      300 1x1 plates green
      500 1x1 plates medium blue

      Please confirm these are still "open" and I'll get them together.

    7. Master Jedi Rob 30 months ago | reply

      PayPal contributions can be made to:
      Use "gift" as the transaction type please.

    8. eilonwy77 30 months ago | reply

      I posted this to the MosaicBricks blog. I don't know if it will help, but I thought I would try.


    9. r a p h y 30 months ago | reply

      My mother would probably get angry if I tried sending anything, as she thinks they're silly toys, but I think this is a really cool idea. Heather would be very happy. :) how are you going to display it? On the floor or wall?

    10. Lino M 30 months ago | reply

      77% Complete!

      Heather Memorial Project...77% Complete!

      Thanks everyone for all the awesome donations! Without you we could not have gone this far. This will be one last push for parts. If anyone would like to donate the following plates and bricks, please let me know ASAP:

      100 1x1 medium blue plates
      20 4x8 medium blue plates
      50 1x1 blue plates
      50 1x3 green plates
      50 1x2 green plates
      100 1x3 dark green plates
      150 1x1 dark green bricks

      Our stats thus far:
      completed tiles: 62 of 80 (77%)
      WIP tiles: 9 of 80 (11%)
      Incomplete tiles: 9 of 80 (11%)

      Thanks in advance for anything you can do.

    11. Lino M 30 months ago | reply

      100% Complete! There is still some mapping and sawing of parts to do but thanks to some phenomenal donations from some phenomenal people we have completed the mosaic. Thank you all for your donations, kind words, and support. This could not have happened without you.
      Now we take apart 80 sections, bag them into 80 bags and let 80 people at BrickCon rebuild what we have done. Then we present it to Heather's family.
      Wish us luck!

    12. Gilcélio 30 months ago | reply

      WOW. Great news, I hope to see soon, Lino congratulations for the honor.

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