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Grand Piano LEGO ideas project

This beautiful Kawai Grand Piano is much more than a LEGO build. It is story and symbol. It is music and life. It is hope and dream.

This Piano was built collaboratively by now 23 year old Lauren Winbanks (diagnosed Intellectual Disability and Autism) along with her mother, Dianne Winbanks. When Lauren was just 4, her parents were told to not expect anything of their daughter. They were told that she was too low functioning to amount to anything much. Not to be deterred, her parents instead spent the years with a focus on what Lauren could do, rather than what she couldn’t do.

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Read More: The Story Behind the LEGO Grand Piano

This beautiful Yamaha Grand Piano is much more than a LEGO build. It is story and symbol. It is music and life. It is hope and dream. This Piano was built collaboratively by then 21 year old, Lauren Winbanks (diagnosed Intellectual Disability and Autism) and her mother, Dianne Winbanks (who had only built one LEGO construction prior to this build!).
From Dianne
When Lauren was just 4, we were told to not expect anything of her. She was too low functioning to amount to anything. Not to be deterred, we have spent the years with a focus on what Lauren could do rather than what she couldn’t do.
Lauren is now doing Grade 5 piano and is immersed in LEGO building and exhibiting. Lauren’s strengths of music and love of LEGO come together in this build and stand strong and proud. After exhibiting our Grand Piano at Victorian and South Australian exhibitions (including Brickvention 2015) thousands of fans of LEGO have encouraged us two builder rookies to list our Grand Piano on LEGO Ideas.
So after our Grand Piano:
1. Won the Best Small Model award at Inside the Brick LEGO Exhibition in South Australia and
2. One fan of LEGO returned to the South Australia exhibition twice to offer to buy it on the spot we are taking the plunge and here it is…..our Grand Piano!
Lauren is an absolute success story….and just imagine if this Grand Piano was a LEGO Ideas set. WOW! Would that be a sight to behold. And no one would be more proud to stand beside her as equal partner than her mum and greatest fan.
Our Grand Piano would make an amazing set because: It is a solid, amazing looking model! It will have very wide appeal to fans of LEGO because it looks so authentic. It will sell to alternative markets e.g. Musicians (established and aspiring). There is no set past or present quite like it! It is actually not that big (even though it leaves a definite impression because it is so in proportion The story behind the set would be as good as the actual set. Imagine how many people living with the challenges of autism would want this Grand Piano as a symbol of hope. Yamaha would embrace this set (another new market). It would be made by 2 Aussies – neither of whom are even close to expert builders. That LEGO would release a set by rookies like us gives hope to any aspiring fan of LEGO. It is simply a beautiful, neat and proportional small model It’s simplicity will inspire builders all over the world. We would love you to support our collaborative LEGO Idea of the Grand Piano.
Lauren and I would appreciate every single vote and share. You can vote at: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/169730 Thank you for your support!

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How to Vote

A step by step guide on how to vote.
1. Sign up to Lego Ideas at https://ideas.lego.com/#all

2. Activate your account with the code sent to your emails (once it’s activated you’ll be automatically logged in).

3. Follow the prompt to set up your profile, creating your email address as your username (or just take the username generated by LEGO – Just remember to write it down for later use in voting

4. Head back to your emails to activate your new profile by following the link.

5. You profile is now set up, on the Lego Ideas home page search for ‘grandpiano’ by Twinmum22 & access the Grand Piano page. or head to this link which you may have to cut and paste into your search engine https://ideas.lego.com/projects/fb5f61be-e4ab-488b-9e6d-45e25e8c7518

6. Hit Support, answering the 4 quick questions & then confirm support.

7. Take note that the vote goes up!

8. Give yourself a pat on the back! 😊

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Lauren’s & the Piano’s Adventures

Thank You!

We cannot begin to explain how much your support for this project means to us and most importantly Lauren. We thank you for taking the time to read her story and vote today. May you know that you have done something amazing for one very grateful young lady.

Dianne xx

Dianne Winbanks – Lauren’s Mother

Proudly Supported by Mardent Consulting Community & Grants Program

The social media and digital components of this campaign are proudly supported Probono by Mardent Consulting. Lauren holds a special place in the hearts of the Mardent Team and we are privileged to assist Diane and Lauren with this project.