In days long past school projects used to consist of some coloured cardboard and UHU glue, but last year the parents of Curtis Glassford went above and beyond.
The Kindlehill student, 14, spent a year building the Sydney Cricket Ground Members’ Stand for his end-of-primary school special project, sourcing 17,000 Lego bricks from around the world at a cost of $4500.
“We could have paid for a membership with the money,” Dad, Sean, of Wentworth Falls said.
With a special interest in maths, Curtis got the plans for the hallowed stand, then built it to scale with the help of a mentor, an engineer and parent from the Steiner school, Gerard Rummery.
It stands at 40cm high, 90cm deep and 130cm wide, and includes seats, a bar with beer taps, toilets and small collectible Lego figurines. He painted the roof bricks to match the exact colour.
“I’ve been building Lego since I was three years old. I just kept getting more and more Lego,” he said.
Curtis said he was only able to use about 300 pieces of his existing Lego collection. The project was built in the lounge room and the family moved around it.
“Normally when you get Lego you get instructions … there were times when he felt it was nearly insurmountable to problem solve,” his Dad said.
Curtis agreed there were times he “nearly gave up” – especially when his two dogs – a fox terrier and shih tzu cross – tore through a part of the build while they were away for the day.
Then there was the last-minute hold up on the docks for the special bricks he had ordered through a supplier in Poland.
Curtis said he had inspired many other final year primary students at Kindlehill to look at the problem solving and creative capabilities of Lego.
“The younger kids really loved it, especially those in Kindi. I think it’s started a trend,” he added smiling.
Curtis plays for Wentworth Falls cricket club but is also a top hockey player. He loves sport and the iconic SCG because it “stands out”.
While shaken by last year’s Australian cricket ball tampering scandal, he said he tried to ignore the incident and “just keep building”.
He hopes to one day train as an engineer and is already working on plans to revamp local buildings like Katoomba’s council chambers.
Building runs in the family. Dad, Sean, is in the process of building a straw bale extension out the back of their home.
The family has approached the Sydney Cricket Ground staff at Moore Park in the hopes the model will be purchased for their museum.
And luckily the Glassfords youngest daughter is into reading and is more likely to write a novel for her special assignment.