I lived in Manhattan for almost 5 years. During the last two, I worked in DUMBO, Brooklyn
, a neighborhood just across the East River. DUMBO is situated between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, and I would marvel at both structures daily. On summer days, I'd occasionally walk home after work across the Brooklyn Bridge, pondering its history and humble majesty, and dodging tourists and angry bicyclists. It was beautiful.
It all started with a late night sketch in April, 2013. Then lots of research, poring over photos of every detail of the Roeblings' masterpiece. Next came countless hours in Lego Digital Designer (LDD)
(my first time using it). Designing and refining, trying to get the angles just right. Then ordering pieces on BrickLink
and watching my vision come to life.
Building something in real life exposes aesthetic and technical challenges not apparent when viewing in LDD. Thus, there were many more iterations of ordering more pieces, taking it apart, and rebuilding.