You can call it a labor of love or a crime of the heart. Scott Crawford spent over two years carefully crafting an enormous Lego city. It helped him cope with multiple sclerosis. But recently his ambitious project was smashed by thieves and he's left to pick up the pieces.
A decade ago Scott was sailing and cycling around Miami where he worked as a young Clinical Psychologist. Now Scott is wheel chair bound. His movements are often erratic, his voice soft. His mind is centered on one thing, getting Jackson back on track.
He masterfully crafted an entire city, even City Hall with the Mayor.
"See this is the park as it was before it was destroyed" said Crawford. "I tried to imagine the park as I would have loved it as a child."
Lego Jackson was built with 20-30 thousands pieces of plastic, and lots of patience.
"It was a gift for the citizens of Jackson, meant to promote civic pride, ownership of our city, neighborhood values" added Crawford.
June 11th thieves broke into a storage unit on I-55. His idyllic, peaceful, crime free Lego city was destroyed.
"It's devastating" said Crawford. "It was a labor of love for the people of Jackson and to have someone smash it, yes it hurts."
Pieces of trees, a Keep Jackson Beautiful cleanup crew, and other Lego scenes are scattered in boxes. But Scott says the crime nor his illness will dampen his resolve.
"Well, one of the things that disability teaches you is perseverance" he said.
Scott's next project for display in moving forward, Bailey Magnet school, complete with students, a drama production, a chemistry lab and a big surprise on the inside.
"Bailey is an architectural wonder"Crawford said beaming. "It is, and so I decided in January to start the most ambitious project yet."
He also hopes to re-create Lego Jackson, and share his gift of a city he loves with others.
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