Lego won­ders head to Te Papa

The Wellingtonian - - Front Page - DAMIAN GE­ORGE

Stretch­ing more than 3.5 me­treshigh, Ryan Mcnaught’s Em­pire State Build­ing Lego replica – com­plete with King Kong cling­ing to the spire – tow­ers over the man who cre­ated it.

The New York build­ing – once the tallest sky­scraper in the world – is one of sev­eral global land­marks Mcnaught will be bring­ing to Welling­ton’s Te Papa mu­seum in De­cem­ber as part of his Won­ders Of The World ex­hi­bi­tion.

Also among the seven tonnes of Lego he will be bring­ing to the cap­i­tal are the Taj Ma­hal, Michelan­gelo’s David, the Great Wall of China, the Lean­ing Tower of Pisa, and the Arc de Tri­om­phe.

With about two mil­lion Lego blocks in­volved in the cre­ations, Mel­bourne-based Mcnaught and his team have spent al­most five thou­sand hours com­pil­ing the dis­play.

‘‘It’s such an hon­our to bring our mil­lions of Lego bricks in the shape of the won­ders of the world to Te Papa,’’ said Mcnaught, also known as Brick­man.

‘‘I’ve been a vis­i­tor many times and to be able to ex­hibit this time is pretty awe­some.’’

There will be an­other two mil­lion bricks on hand for vis­i­tors to build their own cre­ations, which will sup­ple­ment the 50 show­pieces.

Mcnaught and his team will bring the dis­plays to Welling­ton in seg­ments, be­fore join­ing them to­gether at the mu­seum.

Let’s Go Build: A Fes­ti­val For Lego Lovers will be on dis­play from De­cem­ber 9 un­til Fe­bru­ary 11.

Ryan Mcnaught, aka Brick­man, with his Em­pire State Build­ing made of Lego that he is bring­ing to Te Papa as part of his Won­ders Of The World ex­hi­bi­tion.

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