Lego fans can enjoy a trip around the world in new Norwich exhibition
PUBLISHED: 13:19 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 21:19 01 December 2017
Lego fans can enjoy a trip around the world in the latest exhibition at The Forum in Norwich.
Brick Wonders opened today and features about 500,000 Lego bricks that have been used to build recreations of everything from the International Space Station to Niagara Falls to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Curated by artist Warren Elsmore, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey of discovery that takes in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as well as many modern day landmarks and lots more besides.
The huge centrepiece is an impressive two metre by four metre model of an airport, and visitors are also invited to get creative themselves and make their own Lego masterpieces as well as use the iconic toy bricks to write on the Lego graffiti wall.
Richard Fair, events manager at The Forum, said the first day of the exhibition was proving extremely popular with young and old alike, and that he thought this could become a record-breaking event for the venue.
He said: “I think we are probably going to hear the word ‘wow’ a lot of times during this exhibition, and then there’s that recognition that you could go away and try making this - there’s no reason why you couldn’t try making the Hanging Gardens of Babylon or the Great Wall of China out of Lego. I think a lot of children may be changing their Christmas lists when they see the exhibition!”
When asked why he thought Lego was loved by generations, he said: “Lego feeds your imagination. You can sit down not knowing what you are going to build and then make anything you like, and then you can take it apart and build something else.”
And he said it was amazing to see all the creativity and attention to detail in the models built for the Brick Wonders show.
“Every time I look at the exhibition my favourite model changes but I do really like the Old London Bridge,” he said.
“I have been around these models for two or three days now and each time I look I am still seeing details I haven’t seen before.”
Jarrold, a partner of the exhibition, is also displaying a Lego recreation of the African Savanna in the London Street store until January 21.
Brick Wonders runs until January 21. The exhibition is free and open daily 10am-4pm. It is closed from December 24 to 26. For more information, visit www.theforumnorwich.co.uk
How many Lego bricks and hours did it take to recreate the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?
Great Pyramid of Giza - 5,000 bricks and 96 hours
Hanging Gardens of Babylon - 1,400 bricks and 24 hours
Lighthouse of Alexandria - 950 bricks and 24 hours
Statue of Zeus - 2,000 bricks and 72 hours
Temple of Artemis - 2,000 bricks and 16 hours
Colossus of Rhodes - 1,200 bricks and 24 hours
Mausoleum of Halicarnassus - 1,100 bricks and 24 hours
How many Lego bricks and hours did it take to recreate other famous landmarks?
Old London Bridge - 5,000 bricks and 240 hours
Grand Canyon - 5,500 bricks and 96 hours
Niagara Falls - 5,000 bricks and 72 hours
Matterhorn - 2,500 bricks and 48 hours
Great Wall of China - 7,000 bricks and 72 hours
Petra - 6,800 bricks and 48 hours
International Space Station - 5,000 bricks and 96 hours