Capturing a Memory of Aiden Welling


Commissioned by a friend of his family to honor the memory of Aiden, who left the world far too soon. The project was sponsored by more than 50 friends of Aiden’s family.

We set up a web page where friends could securely contribute small amounts in order to “crowdfund” this portrait. Those humble gifts magnified a way to honor Aiden’s memory and provided a creative tribute that might offer his family some comfort for years to come.

Thank you, Brian. Those of us who love Aiden have spent the last three years remembering him and missing him. The portrait you put together remains on the family’s mantel, and I think they will cherish it always.

Aiden is among many angels we have been honored to commemorate at Brickworkz. We plan to share Aiden’s story with you, as told by his loved ones. That way, we can always remember him.

Just as each child has a story, these Lego mosaic projects often have a story of their own worth sharing. In the case of “Aiden,” this piece was scheduled to be presented to Aiden’s surviving family on the anniversary of his passing. Here’s where I want to especially thank my lead builder, Shane, whose arms you see flurrying in the time-lapse video:

The design was finished and we had the parts ready to go. Just before I was slated to build “Aiden,” my father-in-law (and super-mega Brickworkz cheerleader) Mike McMunn suddenly passed away. On very short notice, Shane built this beautiful “Aiden” portrait so that I could help comfort my own family with funeral arrangements. Shane, your work is so appreciated. You simultaneously helped _two_ families in their grief journey.

And now, I present you with our newest LEGO portrait: “Aiden.” May he and the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace.

"Aiden" - A memorial portrait by Brian Korte of Brickworkz:
30" x 30" 9,216 LEGO studs. 9 colors.

Welling Aiden Christopher Welling, age 7, of Westerville, a student at Whittier Elementary School, went into the loving arms of Jesus after a courageous three and a half year battle with cancer at his home on February 19. He is survived by his loving parents, Brian and Cara Welling; his incredible big brother, Owen; doting grandparents, Eileen and Shannon Thompson, Roger Stephens and Charlotte Dodds, and Mary Ann Welling; many aunts, uncles, cousins and Aiden’s faithful Army. Preceded in death by his grandmother Sylvia Christine Stephens and grandfather Donald Welling.

Project Video

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