First glimpses of Point Lowly Peninsula as an animated Lego diorama

While the Roxby Downs Indenture Act amendments have been galloping through two sessions of parliamentary committee hearings this past week, we’ve kept our sanity by putting our creativity to work on another, more creatively satisfying task. A few weeks ago, we announced our plan to build a Lego replica of the Point Lowly Peninsula, and we weren’t kidding. We’re now delighted to offer you all a special first glimpse at the work we’re doing to bring the region’s alternative futures to life in thousands of little plastic bricks.

Building the set to Lego mini-figure scale, we’ve thus far drawn from several generations of Lego, spanning the 1970’s to today. We will be using a wide gamut of Lego pieces and characters to customise, construct and represent the variety of current and future uses for the peninsula’s highly prized real-estate. Coveted by industry and cherished by locals and tourists alike, what will the future hold for Point Lowly Peninsula? Wholesale industrialisation and environmental sacrifice? Will the stage be set for chemical catastrophe, or will a corner be turned and will we instead see ecotourism flourish?

Lego Photographer & Diver preview

Below you can see our reworking of the historic Point Lowly Lighthouse (complete with a few splashes of red paint). Also present are a couple of eager divers venturing out to swim with the Giant Australian Cuttlefish, a couple of off-duty wharfies discussing the next berthing and a couple of eco-tourists photographing the plants and wildlife. Beyond what these pictures reveal, we have sourced an impressive variety of Lego vessels, ranging from tankers and tugboats to fishing boats and rubber duckies. We’ve sourced Lego rail and road freight vehicles, and have pooled the Sterling and Monceaux family collections of bricks, which now sit sorted lovingly in zip-lock bags of separate colours.

Point Lowly Lighthouse - Preliminary Lego Contstruction

Point Lowly Lighthouse & Peninsula diorama - Under Construction

With the majority of our key vehicles and characters now assembled, our priorities have shifted a little since our original call for Lego donations. Whilst we will happily accept any Lego donations, large or small (even broken and soiled, as we will be calling on these to create a few disaster scenarios) we mostly need your generous help with the following.

  • Base-plates – Green, blue, grey, white, crème, brown
  • Bricks & parts – brown, green, blue, white, crème, grey, black, brown
  • Foliage – flower stems, flowers (white & yellow), seaweed (all colours)
  • Windows – transparent, any shapes/sizes
  • Figures – women, fishermen, windsurfers, campers/hikers

If you share our passion for creative play, and would like to contribute to our film’s whimsical Lego animated sequences, there are several ways to proceed. You can donate your Lego to us, in return for a credit in the completed film, and our heartfelt thanks. If you’re in Adelaide, you can also send us an email to join us for a special Lego set-building party in the very near future. Finally, if you can’t bring yourself to hand over your beloved bricks, you can support our efforts with the purchase of some of our campaign goodies, including t-shirts and bumper stickers.

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Dan Monceaux is a South Australian documentary filmmaker and the director of Cuttlefish Country.

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