Love Lego? Your brick-by-brick guide!

Love Lego? Your brick-by-brick guide!

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Brick Built is Torquay Museum's latest exhibition and the perfect reason to release your inner child and play more this summer. Created by renowned LEGO artist, Warren Elsmore, you can now see truly mind-blowing models using hundreds of thousands of bricks that stretch the possibilities of the simple LEGO brick. Check out this brick-by-brick guide!


It's rare to see people from all backgrounds and generations share a common love and interest, but give them a tub of brightly coloured plastic bricks and something special happens. In an age of mobiles, wi-fi and Netflix, the humble LEGO brick continues to spark our imagination with 5 billion hours spent playing with LEGO across the big wide world each year. 

When carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen made the first LEGO bricks in 1932, he took the name from the first two letters of the Danish phrase leg godt, meaning “play well”. The LEGO Group is still a family business, now led by Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, a great grandchild of the founder. The brick in its present form was launched in 1958 and still interlocks with bricks made today. 

The Brick Built exhibition at Torquay Museum is a collection of awesome models built by LEGO artist, Warren Elsmore and his team. A LEGO artist you ask? Yes, this is a man who quit his job in IT in 2012 to realise his lifelong passion for these little plastic bricks. His first book, Brick City, was published in 21 languages to critical acclaim and his models tour museums and galleries throughout Europe.

See a celebration of city life with LEGO models of New York, Paris and London. Marvel at icons from the Houses of Parliament to the huge Forth Road Bridge and our personal favourites, a platter of Fortnum & Mason cakes - yum - and a clunky tapestry of a unicorn. Discover never seen before models of our very own Torquay Pavilion and be utterly wowed by the 8 metre airport made from 50,000 bricks, taking 600 hours to make!

We’ve already had a lot of great reaction... everyone is attracted both adults and kids alike... there’s many many people out there who spent their childhood making models, it’s a wonderful tool for the imagination.
— Basil Greenwood, Director of Torquay Museum

Torquay architects Kay Elliott have also put together an activities room at Torquay Museum with Virtual Reality headsets and plenty of space to play and add to a LEGO seaside town build. Over the course of the exhibition, that runs until the 8th of September, Kay Elliott will also be releasing a series of talks and workshops too. Reasons aplenty to go forth and play more at your local museum.


Go see Brick Built: A LEGO® Models Exhibition until the 8 September 2018 at Torquay Museum. Tickets are £4.10 for kids and £6.70 for adults. Top tip: with Torquay Museum, buy a single ticket and this will then give you unlimited entry to the Museum for an entire year!! For more info and opening times, see the Museum's website: http://www.torquaymuseum.org

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