Brick­man cre­at­ing Lego-cy

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Exhibition - Tanya Macnaughton

THERE can not be many re­sponses quite like the one Lego cer­ti­fied pro­fes­sional Brick­man Ryan Mc­naught gives when asked what’s been keep­ing him busy to­day.

“To­day I’ve been work­ing on a fourme­tre high ver­sion of the world’s tallest build­ing, Burj Khal­ifa in Dubai,” Mc­naught said from Mel­bourne.

Mc­naught will re­turn to Perth this month with ex­hi­bi­tion Brick­man Won­ders of the World at Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre from June 22 to July 30 af­ter last year’s in­au­gu­ral Perth visit.

“Last year was huge and crazy and I don’t know if I should give credit to the peo­ple of Perth, but when I was talk­ing to them they gave me lots of sug­ges­tions of things I needed to make and bring over next time,” Mc­naught said.

Brick­man Won­ders of the World in­cor­po­rates more than 50 mod­els of an­cient, modern and nat­u­ral won­ders, plus even more in­ter­ac­tive el­e­ments.

“What we learnt af­ter head­ing to Perth last year was to add a dif­fer­ent in­ter­ac­tive el­e­ment to it,” he said.

“I’ve built the Arc de Tri­om­phe which is an awe­some build­ing, but what peo­ple do is get to build the traf­fic jam that goes around it.

“We have about six or seven ac­tiv­i­ties like that; we’re chal­leng­ing peo­ple to get cre­ative and build things.”

The fa­ther of nine-year-old twin boys said he had coined the phrase

“education by stealth” for his ex­hi­bi­tion, where chil­dren would be ed­u­cated with­out nec­es­sar­ily know­ing it.

“There’s a whole heap of dif­fer­ent chal­lenges around the size and scope of these things,” Mc­naught said.

“If you look at sheer size, the Ti­tanic model is enor­mous and the Lean­ing Tower of Pisa is round, so mak­ing some­thing like that out of square bricks and then on a five-de­gree lean at the same time was dif­fi­cult.

“Some of the an­cient won­ders of the world are rel­a­tively sim­ple like the pyra­mids but then the Hang­ing Gar­dens of Baby­lon, where do you find a pic­ture of what the Hang­ing Gar­dens of Baby­lon looked like? Some turned out to be easy and oth­ers left us scratch­ing our heads.”

■ Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group has 10 fam­ily passes to give away to Brick­man Won­ders of the World at Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

En­ter at www.com­mu­ni­tynews. com.au by 10am, Fri­day, June 23.

Ryan Mc­naught with King Kong on the Em­pire State Build­ing.

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