Circa Las Vegas Entertainment Scene

When most of us think of Legos, it brings us back to our childhood. But artist Chris Ihle took it up a notch as he had something else in mind.

Born in Ames, Iowa, this son of a truck driver and a school teacher had a very traditional middle-class childhood. Attending Iowa State University, he was the student manager of the Cyclones basketball team and after graduation, he went on to a career in banking.

One day, sitting at his desk tinkering with some Legos, he was hit with a lightning bolt of inspiration. The very next day he quit his job, bought a mass amount of Legos and spent the following months teaching himself a new art form.

As he perfected his craft, news broke out of his creations. Ihle began taking requests for life-sized Lego selfies. His first official buyers were John and Matt Altman from Bravo’s hit-series “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles.” After seeing the episode air, Nicole Stevens, wife of famed Las Vegas casino and hotel owner Derek Stevens, gave him a call and asked if he can build a life-sized statue of her husband.

One thing led to another and several months later during the current health crisis, the Chris Ihle Art Gallery opened in Las Vegas’ newest hotel, Circa.

“Somebody in your life deserves a life-sized Lego,” Ihle said. “Our gallery (the only one like it in the world) is for you and me, regular folk to enjoy art. There is no fee to enter and we want people to come in, have fun, take pictures, and become inspired and creative.”

When asked about opening in the midst of a pandemic, Ihle said: “I love this city. Right now, it’s unusual, but 85% of our walk-ins are locals. As we put these tough times in the past, we expect 85% tourists.”

Currently, the gallery which is secured by two Lego Dobermans nicknamed, the “Snoop Dogg’s Gin and Juice” exhibits such astounding designs of Marc-Andre Fleury, Mark Stone, baby Kobe Bryant, Biggie Smalls and Tupac to name a few.

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Each invention takes about a month or so from blueprints to completion. The gallery has been commissioned to do works ranging from visiting tourists to world famous celebrities. When mentioning rates, Ihle said each piece ranges from $12,000 to $15,00 depending on size.

On his bucket list are some Strip headliners as well as members of the Las Vegas Raiders. He and his staff coordinate and communicate with the client to make the life-sized lookalike tailor-made to what you want to see yourself as.

“Not everyone we erect has to be a superstar,” Ihle said. “If you’re awesome, we can build you. If you’re not, do something awesome and we will build you.”

His creations are as unique as the man himself. Ihle is charming and charismatic. He and his gallery are one of the most fresh and fun new things to happen to Las Vegas in years. You can enjoy his work or contact Ihle directly on his personal social media pages: Instagram: @chrisihlevegas. Facebook: Chris Ihle. Or at circalasvegas.com. His “working man’s art” is a must see to truly appreciate.

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