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Lego exhibition closes having attracted more than 90,000 visitors

Five-year-old Violet Moore Fuller studies the Matterhorn, made from 2500 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Five-year-old Violet Moore Fuller studies the Matterhorn, made from 2500 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The Brick Wonders exhibition closed on Sunday (January 21) at The Forum in Norwich.

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes, made from 1200 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYOne of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes, made from 1200 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

They came in their droves to relive childhood memories and marvel at how tiny little bricks could be used to create works of art.

And now organisers believe they have rekindled an interest in the world of Lego as a Norwich exhibition on the world-famous toy prepares to close, having welcomed more than 90,000 visitors.

Warren Elsmore’s Brick Wonders exhibition immediately struck a chord with young and old alike when it opened at The Forum in Norwich in December.

It has been designed to take visitors on a journey of discovery of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, as well as many modern day landmarks and lots more besides.

Warren Elsmore. Picture: NEIL HANNAWarren Elsmore. Picture: NEIL HANNA

The display, open until Sunday, January 21, has featured about 500,000 Lego bricks which were used to build everything from the International Space Station to Niagara Falls and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

For children it was a treasure trove of their favourite toy, while adults could hark back to their younger years and even tried to relearn their Lego-making skills.

Richard Fair, events manager at The Forum, said it had been a “phenomenal” display, adding: “The reaction from the public has been tremendous.

“People of all ages have been coming in and coming back again.

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza, made from 5000 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYOne of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza, made from 5000 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“Grandparents have come back with their grandchildren and they have got just as much enjoyment out of it.”

He said the exhibition was helped by a “resurgent interest in Lego”, adding: “The timing for us was perfect, as Lego does seem to be more popular than it ever was.

“People just wander round. They take ages looking at it and study every detail.

“They’re studying the models and looking at how they It is a throwback to their childhood.

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis, made from 2000 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYOne of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis, made from 2000 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“It has been toy of the year many times but it has not changed. They’ve brought in new things but everyone knows essentially how it works.

“It does spark the imagination and gets people to be creative. It just inspires people to think they’re going to have a go.”

He said the creation of Old London Bridge was the most popular display but that many people had simply sat down at a do-it-yourself table with Lego bricks at The Forum and used the inspiration of the displays around them to make their own objects.

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