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Port aux Basques, as you've never seen it - The Port aux Basques landscape is incredibly rocky. That's pretty obvious to any person who's ever visited the town or to any ship that's run aground there (yes, you, MV Blue Puttees). But in the creative mind of a retired software developer from Ottawa, Port aux Basques is incredibly ... blocky. Jason Allemann recently built the gateway port - and in great detail - out of Lego. One day, we were sitting in the office sorting through some particularly colourful, but rare, Lego bricks I had, he wrote in an email. We really only had enough bricks to build small houses, but they reminded us of the many colourful houses we saw during that trip. We picked Port aux Basques because it was the first town we saw coming in on the ferry. That trip was a 2011 trek across the province with his girlfriend. We really loved the island, he said. Allemann must have designed some significant software or something, because he's only 41 and wasn't available for a phone interview about Lego Port aux Basques because of his summer exploits. My girlfriend and I are also avid rock climbers, and we are currently on the road for the summer touring Western Canada and Washington state. Nice. He fancies himself a brick artist, and like any creative type, said he has to work within the limits of the medium. It's pushing the Lego limits, and the problem-solving involved, that keeps Allemann playing and creating with blocks - at 41. I'm an engineer at heart…

Photo : Steve Bartlett August 12, 2013
Photo : Heidi Wicks March 17, 2014