“I have no hobbies,” billionaire Warren Buffett once said. “I just have passions that look like that.”

This is true for many people.

It certainly fits in with these two future stories…

YOU CAN WAIT to see a number of things in and around a city center like lo Bloomington’s restaurants, nightclubs, high-rise buildings, boutiques and shops, an arena.

And now, a 25-ton lady.

“She’s an amazing woman,” says Tom Kirk.

If that name doesn’t ring the bells, Kirk is the 46-year-old who has made his home along Garling Drive southeast of Bloomington a place to be seen by car. During the day, he runs an excavation / recycling company. At night, to exercise more of an inner passion, he turns those waste of the day and abandoned 2000 2,000 artifacts into a local Stonehenge – numerous rocks, strange stone formations, cast mechanical parts. Inside his house he has a kitchen sink that was once a bottom loading bucket on site and a spiral staircase made from bulldozer truck cushions.

And now, downtown in a warehouse yard down the Main Street walkway, is his latest exercise in the creative spirit – his ,000 50,000 figure, like a mermaid.

“You look at first,” says Dan Thames, of Normal, one of those who spotted him, “and you think, ‘weird!’ old concrete. ”

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“In the spring,” Kirk says, “she’ll hold a lighted fireball.”

Started in September, taking three months to do what became a 200-hour love affair, Kirk Kirk’s 25-tonne has been sculpted from a clay model specially created by another BN artist, Carmen Lozar.

There will be, Kirk assures, “many other features that will come in the very near future.”

Kirk’s “after work” passions obviously never stop.

IN MANY LIFE BOY, Lego part of it is the construction of bricks and their creative possibility.

You build a simple building or make a car that actually spins, then you are invited to dinner by your mother and tomorrow another construction project.

For Scott Walker, a 9-year-old former Lego lover who is now 49, it is a revised passion, a pleasant distraction during a recent job away from being a successful business entrepreneur and education in Denver area.

“He’s always been a part of me,” says Walker, a 1990 product from Bloomington High, father of three, son of Sharon and Jim Walker, a well-known BN lawyer, and married to Anne Anderson, another a BHS graduate, “who has wondered what would be possible to build if I had more than a 9-year payment.”

The result of this thought is frankly amazing.

Using (not a typo) 15,000 Lego bricks, Walker built an exact replica of Durham’s well-known sports center, North Carolina, where he attended college – Duke University, home of the Blue Devils basketball power center.

A guy who remains a big fan of his alma mater and his indoor Cameron stadium where the whole Duke legend has become, Walker started making plans at the structure scale. Their sites. He searched at night to look for Lego pieces. He drew tales of his planned construction.

Then, in a year-long process of building a structure 31 inches long, 20 inches wide and 15 inches high – complete with a raised roof and interior with 30 LED lights (the only non-LEGO in all project) – at a scale of 1: 160, he built a magnificent replica of the building.

Such an amazing recreation, his passion for leisure has now been presented to Duke University officials. They love it.

His passion for plastic brick details has also caught the attention of a national website celebrating LEGO fans (BrickNerd.com), and this fall he made a great story of Scott’s passion for the project.

He has another supporter – Duke’s legendary basketball coach Mike Krzyzewksi, also known as Coach K.

As one who regularly attends the Duke’s fantasy basketball camp, Walker says: “I was prepared for Coach K to make a mistake by being taught to throw bricks instead of playing with them. “But he was very enthusiastic and immediately said that the model should appear in Cameron in real life.”

“This,” says Walker, “is the greatest result I could have imagined.”

And so it often goes with the passionate creative spirit and out of the ordinary.

Those “hobbies” after hours in life?

They are often much more, creative pursuits originally intended “to get away from it all” that instead do something else – they really add … for everyone else to enjoy as well.

Warren Buffett, moves.

Bill Flick is at bflick@pantagraph.com

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