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LANDMARK | LANDSCAPE Designing To Inspire | Building A Vision Rocco is an internationally recognized LEGO artist with a passion for and a degree in architecture. A lifelong LEGO builder, he began his current body of work of original 1:650 scale models, titled Landmark | Landscape, in 2009. In the ten years since, he has created more than fifty models of global landmarks, many of which are combined into large, contiguous urban landscapes. Through his work, he strives to push the boundaries of LEGO parts usage and realism, with a particular emphasis on detail and accuracy. Having recently graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Rocco is pursuing his artistic work freelance in lieu of a traditional architecture career. From his location in Chicago, he remains an exceptionally active member of the international LEGO fan community; exhibiting at all the BrickUniverse shows as a featured artist, taking part in the yearly Brickworld Chicago convention, and attending / exhibiting at numerous events overseas every year. For more information on Rocco, feel free to browse any of the social media content listed below, as well as view his CV / portfolio on Issuu at https://issuu.com/roccobuttliere. rjbuttliere@yahoo.com +1 (847) 542-3848


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Creative Work

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since 2009

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Professional Work

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since 2014

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Public Exhibition

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since 2011

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Creative Work


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research / concept development

design (digital + physical)

build

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Willis Tower

2009

My first model, and a hometown favorite


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Empire State Building

2009 (ver. 1) / 2018 (ver. 2) Nearly the entire model is constructed sideways

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Chrysler Building

2010 (ver. 1) / 2018 (ver. 2) Uses hundreds of decorated plates and tiles for detail


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40 Wall Street 2016

Dramatic setback density required numerous offsets

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Former World Trade Center 2010 (ver. 1) / 2018 (ver. 2)

Required extensive research to find plaza pictures

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One World Trade Center & 9/11 Memorial

2016

Designed for the 15 anniversary of 9/11 th

275 hours

World Financial Center / Brookfield Place

2012

The faรงade corners are held using everyday rubber bands

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Represents roughly 3 million square feet of Chicago

2011

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My long-term vision is to model all of downtown Chicago 2015

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Chicago - North Loop Area

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digital / 3d analysis

Independent Study

case study precedent research

ARCH 497 - 2017

Received course credit at IIT for the model & structural case study structural equations

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Golden Gate Bridge 2017

Incorporates authentic cable suspension Model is more than 12ft (4m) long


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Represents roughly 3.5 million square feet of London

parliament

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Central London

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westminster abbey

london eye / county hall

Strove for unique parts usage with each new model London Eye is realistically structured / suspended


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Complex shape is accomplished with Technic interior

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Hagia Sophia

2018

Vibrant and unique parts usage throughout Architectural case study of mine several years earlier


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Represents roughly 25 acres of the Black Hills

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

2019

Landmark | Landscape: 10-year commemorative model By far, my most challenging piece yet


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Professional Work


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I designed and built the modern wing

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Taliesen West 2014 - 2015

Brick Structures, LLC project Designed & built simultaneously Exhibited at Taliesen West and AZ Historical Society Museum


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$390+

$130

Kickstarter Campaign

51 backers

Nov 2015

$50

Crowdfunding to cover the cost of shipping my work to London for BRICK 2015

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$5,500 Goal 101% funded


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Live design + build studio at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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Brick City Backstage Tour

120 hours

2017

Warren Elsmore, Ltd. project

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I contributed 5 models to the layout 2


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Collated and boxed by Byggepladen

999 sets

Copenhagen Skyline Set

2017

Designed for LEGO World 2018 - Fanzone Event Set All sales proceeds went to Danish children’s charities


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Adobe InDesign

Happy State Bank

instructions workflow LEGO Digital Designer

2018

Commission model with instructions Blueprint


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Additional sculpture for Tyler Tech’s 80th anniversary

LEGO colors 18

Tyler Technologies Trade Show

24,576 pieces

2018

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sections / instructions

master sheet

Live-build mosaic provided attendee engagement


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Public Exhibition


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teaching

public engagement

LEGO is art

Twin Towers 1

Past & Present

BrickUniverse Augusta 2

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One WTC

9/11 Memorial

A grandmother teaches her grandson about the World Trade Center complexes


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Woolworth Building

Empire State Building

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40 Wall Street

Chrysler Building

Golden Gate Bridge 1

Real-World Structure

LEGO World Utrecht (left) / BrickUniverse Louisville (right) Teaching how to combine LEGO with engineering

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‘World’s Tallest Building’ Titleholders

BrickUniverse Columbia

Models arranged to show consecutive record-holders

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presentation 1

Group Activities

JCC Chicago Road Scholars 2

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live build

example models to inspire

Teaching how to pursue something you love & hands-on building


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Meet & Greet’s

BrickUniverse Columbia Live on-site appearances to provide insight & public engagement


Live Presentations BRICK 2015 - London

Giving fellow LEGO builders insight into my design + build process

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On-Camera Interviews

The News & Observer (left) / Architect Magazine (right)

Segment 1 (click to watch) / Segment 2 (click to watch)


Live TV Spots

Windy City LIVE

Daily Chicago talk-show (click to watch)

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Gallery-Style Layout BrickUniverse Events

Gives each piece room to breathe Informative, consistent graphics


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Academic Overlap

IIT Architecture Open House - 2017 First ever LEGO model exhibited at open house Proof of concept for using LEGO in academic settings


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Solo Exhibitions

AMA Plaza - 2016

Well suited for high profile venues


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