The internet is full of Lego stories and Lego pictures, which I have generally passed over. This one, however, is worth sharing.
Milly [Wood], who just completed seventh grade at Crosswinds Arts and Science School in Woodbury, has been commissioned to build a funeral urn out of Legos. It's for a 6-year-old Illinois boy who is dying from brain cancer...More at the link.
Milly's mom, Diane Wood, is co-owner of epicurns.com, which markets more than 30 extraordinary burial urns crafted by Midwestern artists. For a two-week gallery show opening Saturday in St. Paul, (epicurns.com/coseeurju12s.html) Milly decided she, too, would like to create something inspiring.
Every day after school for two weeks, Milly spent hours crafting her Rainbow Castle urn, ultimately using 1,000 Lego bricks... When the castle was complete, Diane added it to her website. A week or two later, in stunning serendipity, a heartbroken young mother in Nashville typed two words into Google: "Lego urns."
Only one website came up.
Meg Parks, 34, is a trade show planner and mother of two children, ages 7 and 4. Last October, her sister called with horrible news. Parks' 6-year-old nephew, Max, whose family lives outside Chicago, had inoperable brain cancer...
Max's favorite thing, Parks said, is to play with Legos. "He has every Lego set in the world," she said. "Especially during chemo, when he couldn't play a lot, he could do that. His other favorite thing is to watch 'Star Wars.'"
Parks e-mailed Diane, asking about Milly's availability to create another Lego urn. "I would have gone with her castle," Parks said. But Diane quickly e-mailed back: "No, no. Milly loves Star Wars, too. She can make it."
Last week, Milly and her Mom went to Legoland at the Mall of America and bought 1,500 mostly white Legos, with black, gray and blue accents, to make a replica of R2D2, plus "one spot of red for his eye," Milly said. Then she set to work, for Max. She's about halfway done and plans to finish within a week or two. The Wood family hopes to hand-deliver the work to Max's family this summer...