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50,000 people in 35 days: Lego models are popular at Te Papa

Children from Arakura School look at a Lego model of Moscow’s St Basil’s Cathedral. Photo: Kate Whitley, Te Papa

News from Te Papa
By this weekend 50,000 people will have visited Brickman: Wonders of the World in the 35 days since opening at Te Papa.

The exhibition, which is on only until 11 February, showcases 50 iconic landmarks and masterpieces made from Lego bricks by Ryan McNaught, one of 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 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) on 24 January.

Ryan McNaught and his team spent 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