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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

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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Lego fans can enjoy a trip around the world in the latest exhibition at The Forum in Norwich.

Ellie Jackman, and Holly Elson-Fisher, both 16, study the old London Bridge, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYEllie Jackman, and Holly Elson-Fisher, both 16, study the old London Bridge, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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!”

The Grand Canyon, made from 5500 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Grand Canyon, made from 5500 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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.”

Petra, made from 6800 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYPetra, made from 6800 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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

For more information, visit www.theforumnorwich.co.uk or www.warrenelsmore.com/brickwonders

The International Space Station, made from 5000 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe International Space Station, made from 5000 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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

The Great Wall of China at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Great Wall of China at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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

A knight rides his horse across the old London Bridge at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYA knight rides his horse across the old London Bridge at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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

Old London Bridge at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYOld London Bridge at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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

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

International Space Station - 5,000 bricks and 96 hours

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, made from 1100 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYOne of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, made from 1100 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Pharaoh visiting the building work of the Great Pyramid of Giza, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Pharaoh visiting the building work of the Great Pyramid of Giza, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, made from 950 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYOne of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, made from 950 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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

Passengers at the front of the lego airport display, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYPassengers at the front of the lego airport display, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Dinosaur bones in the earth at the back of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon lego display at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDinosaur bones in the earth at the back of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon lego display at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The airport display, made from about 60,000 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe airport display, made from about 60,000 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Passengers queuing through the metal detector arches at the lego airport display, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYPassengers queuing through the metal detector arches at the lego airport display, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, made from 1400 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYOne of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, made from 1400 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The airport display, made from about 60,000 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe airport display, made from about 60,000 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, made from 2000 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, made from 2000 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Niagara Falls, made from 5000 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYNiagara Falls, made from 5000 lego bricks, at the Brick Wonders exhibition at the Forum. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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