Let’s take a closer look at Denver Public Library’s annual Lego contest

If nothing else, it brought an old-time blockhead back to the glory days of building spaceships that never ceased to thrill.

An aquarium in block form at the Bear Valley library, part of Denver Public Library's annual Lego contest. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)lego; denver public library; toys; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
An aquarium in block form at the Bear Valley library, part of Denver Public Library's annual Lego contest. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lego; denver public library; toys; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
An aquarium in block form at the Bear Valley library, part of Denver Public Library’s annual Lego contest. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

For the sixth year in a row the Denver Public Library system has put on their annual Lego building contest on display, featuring works from kids and families from all over the city.

As a longtime Lego maniac, I thought it would be fun to take a well-lit look at this year’s entries.

An untitled but lively lego scene Bear Valley branch. Denver Public Library LEGO contest. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lego; denver public library; toys; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
An untitled but lively Lego scene Bear Valley branch. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The contest, says Denver Public Library spokesperson Chris Henning, helps “children and teens think through engineering concepts” and stimulate their imaginations, all in a setting where they can work together with their families and friends. This fits into their mission statement, which includes mandates to “provide enjoyment” and “strengthen our community.”

If nothing else, it’s bringing an old-time blockhead back to the glory days of building spaceships that never ceased to thrill.

An "arctic explorer ship with tranqulizing shooter and collecting claw arm," seen at the Bear Valley branch. Denver Public Library LEGO contest. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lego; denver public library; toys; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
An “arctic explorer ship with tranqulizing shooter and collecting claw arm,” seen at the Bear Valley branch. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
An intergalactic vessel perched on a bookself at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales branch. Denver Public Library LEGO contest. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lego; denver public library; toys; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
An intergalactic vessel perched on a bookself at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales branch. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
"Water Park," seen at "Pine-apple," seen at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales branch. Denver Public Library LEGO contest. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lego; denver public library; toys; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
“Water Park,” seen at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales branch. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
"The Wirt Destroyer" intimidating the shelf at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales branch. Denver Public Library LEGO contest. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lego; denver public library; toys; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
“The Wirt Destroyer” intimidating the shelf at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales branch. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
"Pine-apple," seen at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales branch. Denver Public Library LEGO contest. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lego; denver public library; toys; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
“Pine-apple,” seen at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales branch. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
"The Titanic," on display at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales branch. Denver Public Library LEGO contest. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lego; denver public library; toys; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
“The Titanic,” on display at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales branch. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The "Super Car," complete with a spider-webbed super car driver at the Bear Valley branch. Denver Public Library LEGO contest. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) lego; denver public library; toys; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;
The “Super Car,” complete with a spider-webbed super car driver at the Bear Valley branch. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Kevin Beaty is a media producer with experience in a variety of settings spanning Hollywood film sets to international backpack journalism expeditions. He is on a never-ending quest to meld artful imagery, functional design and intimate storytelling. His biggest struggle in any given moment is whether to shoot stills or video. Find him on Twitter and Instagram at @kevinjbeaty.