‘Nashville’ Mega-Fan Builds the Show in LEGOS for Charity
If you think you're Nashville's most devoted fan, think again.
Andrea Richeson of New York spent six months binge-watching episodes of the hit ABC drama, which is set among the intrigue of the country music industry in its namesake city. Richeson is a consumer anthropologist and librarian by profession, but she learned to use a program called LEGO Digital Designer as a way to pass the time during the harsh Northeastern winter last year.
She used the program to build a virtual replica of the world-famous Bluebird Cafe, where many of the show's scenes take place, and after that, “I found myself wanting to build the set and the characters out of real LEGO bricks,” she tells Nashville's Tennessean newspaper via email.
So she did. The enterprising fan researched the sets and costumes from the show, and then ordered parts online to match as closely as she could. She built LEGO replicas of the Bluebird and the members of the cast, ultimately covering her kitchen table with a miniature Nashville.
Richeson revealed the project — which she calls "Nashville Rebricked" — online on Aug. 14, asking fans, called "Nashies," to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. So far they have raised more than $17,000 for the event, while cast members Charles Esten and Will Chase have adopted their LEGO counterparts as their Twitter avatars.
“[The reaction] really has renewed my faith in the kindness of people, especially online,” Richeson says. She hopes the project will get more people to participate in the annual LLS Light the Night Walk, which will be held in locations across the country on Oct. 9. Esten — who plays Deacon Claybourne on the show — will serve as the national 2015 Light the Night honorary chair. For more information about the event, click here.
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