Headline: 50,000 LEGO® lovers visit Brickman’s Wonders of the World at Te Papa
The exhibition which is only on until 11 February, showcases 50 of the world’s most iconic landmarks and masterpieces made exclusively from LEGO bricks by Ryan McNaught, one of only fourteen LEGO Certified Professionals in the world.
Geraint Martin, Te Papa’s Chief Executive said Ryan McNaught’s LEGO creations had huge appeal. “It’s been fantastic seeing kids of all ages enjoying the magic of LEGO. There is an audible ‘wow’ as people enter the space and come face to knee with Michelangelo’s Statue of David, and see Saint Basil’s Cathedral from Moscow’s Red Square.”“It’s well on its way to being one of our most popular summer exhibitions – right on par with last year’s Bug Lab.”
The interactive building stations have been a huge hit. Te Papa Host Supervisor Melissa Wells says: “People have been loving building their own pyramids, leaning towers of Pisa and coral for the Great Barrier Reef inspired by, and adding to, Brickman’s masterpieces. We’ve been blown away by everyone’s creativity.”
Another well-received interactive aspect of the exhibition is finding LEGO mini-figure, Eddie the Explorer, who is hidden in nearly all of the displays.
Te Papa has created a festival of events for LEGO lovers around the main exhibition. The Adults Only LEGO Night, LEGO Brick-a-Brac Building competition and a dress-up movie screening of The LEGO Ninjago Movie had all sold out but more events are scheduled – see below for details – including a free talk by Ryan McNaught (aka Brickman) himself on 24 January.
Ryan McNaught and his team had spent a jaw-dropping 4,944 hours building the 50 LEGO masterpieces using well over seven tonnes of LEGO bricks.
Brickman: Wonders of the World
9 December 2017 – 11 February 2018.
Open every day 10am. Last entry at 4pm to this exhibition.
Amokura, Level 4 – Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington
Tickets from ticketek.co.nz Adult $19.50, Child $9.50, Concession $15.50, Family $49.50
Let’s Go Build events:
Adults Only LEGO Night – 16 & 30 January 6.30pm–8.00pm
Robot Battle for Adults (free) – 3 Feb 2018, 11.00am–1.00pm
Talk: Ryan McNaught (free) – 24 Jan 2018, 12.00pm–1.00pm
Brick-a-brac Building Competition (free) – 27 Jan 10.15am – 3.30pm
For more info see: tepapa.nz/letsgo