Brickworkz LLC, in collaboration with Project: Just Like You created LEGO mosaic portraits designed to promote social inclusion. The colorful portraits first launched at the 2nd annual RVA Different Abilities Day on Monday, December 3. These eye-catching mosaic portraits made entirely of LEGO bricks will tour Richmond-area galleries in 2019.
Each of the four LEGO mosaic portraits portrays a child with special needs in the greater Richmond, Virginia area. During the assembly of these mosaic portraits, Brickworkz filmed time-lapse footage and overlaid voiceovers from the child’s parent, describing their child’s life and the importance of inclusion in their families. “We want each portrait to capture the essence of the child so their story comes together as the portrait does,” said Brian Korte, founder of Brickworkz LLC.
Of special interest is a portrait of the late Carter Roberts, 5, who received national media coverage over his affliction of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), a rare polio-like virus that turned an otherwise-typical 3-year-old boy into a quadriplegic within 18 hours. Carter passed away September 22 after a 2.5 year battle with AFM. Brickworkz was honored to host the Roberts family in-studio to create the LEGO portrait of Carter. “It was particularly special to include Carter’s family in the build. I was honored to tribute Carter for his family and hope his LEGO portrait is in some small way a source of happy memories for years to come,” Korte said.
Since 1992, the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is celebrated annually on December 3. Project: Just Like You shares a similar mission of acknowledgment for people with special needs and established RVA Different Abilities Day on December 3, 2017, as a city-wide party in Richmond, Virginia. More than 200 people of all abilities celebrated inclusion and learned from local advocates and local organizations supporting people with disabilities. “If we can normalize inclusion around the world, people will no longer be ‘different’ – just differently-abled,” said Molly Korte, founder of Project: Just Like You and creator of RVA Different Abilities Day.
Project: Just Like You was founded in 2016 by Molly Korte to promote inclusion through storytelling. By telling stories about amazing children with special needs, we can share how we are all more alike than different and make the world better for everyone. Learn more by visiting projectjustlikeyou.org or contact Molly Korte at (262) 4-SPECIAL or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Richmond artist Brian E. Korte founded Brickworkz LEGO Mosaics in 2006 to create happy memories for people and companies around the world using LEGO bricks as an artistic medium. He received Richmond Magazine’s Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts and is among 2017’s Top 40 Under 40 as voted by Style Weekly. Learn more at brickworkz.com or contact Brian Korte at (785) LEGO-ART or email@example.com