Lego wonders head to Te Papa
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.