The world’s greatest buildings and landmarks have been recreated in lego bricks as part an extraordinary exhibition at The Harley Gallery in Welbeck.
The ‘Brick City’ exhibition, by lego masterbuilder Warren Elsmore, opened on Saturday October 17 and will run into January 2016.
Featuring such acclaimed structures as Westminster Abbey in London, Rome’s ornate Trevi Fountain and the iconic L’Arc de Triomphe in Paris, visitors can see some of the world’s foremost attractions- all in miniature.
The star of the show is undoubtedly a 5ft tall by 5ft long replica of St Pancras station in London, which took more than 500 hours to complete over two years.
Created from more than 150,000 lego pieces, the station is fully ‘working’ in that each of the six platforms can be used and trains run in and out.
With more than 50 models on display at The Harley Gallery’s free exhibition, Brick City is the vision of artist Warren Elsmore who gave up his career as an IT consultant to build the magnificent structures when they started to attract international acclaim.
His models have been displayed at leading galleries across the world and he has even produced a bestselling book on the subject ‘Brick City: Lego for Grown Ups’.
Warren said: “I started making lego as a kid when I was around three or four years old. I always loved lego and came back to it in my twenties.
“I forged a career in IT but building lego was a lot more fun. I never thought it would take off and be this popular.”
Lisa Gee, director at the gallery, said: “This is a lovely opportunity for us to show lego building as an art form, and there also lots of other events coming up at the gallery for the more amateur lego builder.”
Activities for children will run throughout the exhibition, including a ‘build a bauble’ workshop and the opportunity to pit their building skills against an architect.
For the more competitive, the gallery is looking for lego builders of all ages to enter its competition to find the best new structure.
Models brought along to the gallery from September 28 to October 12 will be exhibited in the gallery alongside Brick City.
The ‘best build in show’, selected by Warren Elsmore and his team, will win a £150 gift voucher to spend at The Harley Shop.
Take an online tour of the exhibition with the video on our website at worksopguardian.co.uk