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PNC Park Lego model

Jason Burik is an American Lego artist who builds custom replica models with interlocking plastic bricks. His work has been commissioned by professional sports teams, colleges, companies, and individuals in the United States.

Early life[edit]

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Burik has been building Lego blocks since the age of seven. He turned his long-time hobby into a business while he was in college at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he also played Division I basketball.[1] His first project was a replica model of his parents' house. After working on many different types of projects, his next initiative was teaching Lego building skills to others, leading to the creation of Burik's Lego camps.

Career[edit]

Burik is an elementary school principal in the Montour School District.[2] He previously served as an assistant superintendent and a teacher who taught sixth-grade Math, Science, Social Studies, and English at David E. Williams Middle School in Kennedy Township.[1] He was also the co-creator of the world's first Brick Makerspace powered by Lego education.

Notable work[edit]

His work can be seen at the following locations:

Some of Burik's notable projects include NCAA Final 4 Logos, Heinz Field, PNC Park, Camden Yards,[3] Cal Ripken Sr. Yard, Yankee Stadium, Bryant–Denny Stadium, Raven's Stadium, Citizens Bank Park, the City of Pittsburgh, the Terrible Towel,[4] The Pittsburgh Children's Museum, the Pittsburgh Convention Center, the U.S. Capitol, the Empire State Building, and St. Peter's Church.[5]

He has been interviewed for television by KDKA-TV (Pittsburgh), WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh), WQED (Pittsburgh), and WJZ (Baltimore), and his work has been featured in newspaper articles in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Pittsburgh Magazine. His website was awarded first place in the Allegheny County Greater Fair Website Competition. He is a member of Steel City LUG], a Lego User Group for Adult Fans of Lego (AFOLs) in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shea, Lynn (June 18, 2003). "Lego-loving teacher in Montour inspires same mania in his charges, and education ensues". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  2. ^ April Johnston (September 19, 2018). "Montour Elementary kids make giant Terrible Towel out of Legos". triblive.com. Tribune-Review. Retrieved March 22, 2023.
  3. ^ Ordine, Bill (April 4, 2008). "So maybe the Orioles could fill this park". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 22, 2023.
  4. ^ "Terrible Towel Made Of 34K Lego Pieces Completed At STEM Fest". cbsnews.com. KDKA. September 22, 2018. Retrieved March 22, 2023.
  5. ^ "Lego to enhance lessons at Montour Elementary School". post-gazette.com. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. February 22, 2018. Archived from the original on October 13, 2018. Retrieved March 22, 2023. Mr. Burik is a Lego artist who has made creations for Google, Stanford University, Nationwide Insurance, NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA teams and others.
  6. ^ "Lego Artist Jason Burik - Lego Model Builder". Brick Model Design. Retrieved March 22, 2023.

External links[edit]

www.brickmodeldesign.com