Lego helps me switch off from stress, culture secretary says
The culture secretary, Jeremy Wright, has said he has a large Lego collection that he uses when in need of a break from the rigours of government.
“It’s a great way of putting your brain into neutral, which sometimes we all need to do,” he said, describing his Lego collection as “very large indeed”.
Speaking to TalkRadio, the Conservative MP said: “I think everybody who does any difficult or stressful job needs a way to switch off. We all have different ways. Mine is Lego.”
Wright said he had recreated the Death Star from Star Wars using 4,500 bricks. “Putting Lego together and pulling it apart again is a very therapeutic process. Some of the new stuff is very good and the engineering capabilities of those who build and design Lego sets is quite amazing.”
Michael LeCount, who owns the Lego shop Bricks and Bits in Sheffield, told the Guardian that Wright’s hobby was not unusual: “There is quite a big community of adult fans who are into Lego or have come back to it.”
Their spending power enabled adults to build larger collections and buy Lego sets based around films or comic book series, LeCount said.
▲ Building with Lego is therapeutic, Jeremy Wright told TalkRadio