Children have been enthralled by it for over 50 years, but one man’s love of Lego has seen him build an entire exhibition from it.
Artist Warren Elsmore’s acclaimed book Brick City: Lego for grown-ups saw him build more than 70 models of landmarks including the Arc de Triomphe, Rome’s Trevi Fountain.and Buckingham Palace.
And now all of them are visiting Newcastle’s Life Centre for a month, with families able to appreciate the plastic brick creations alongside the building blocks of biology.
“Lego has been a favourite toy for generations and is currently benefiting from a huge resurgence with the arrival of The Lego Movie,” Ian Simmons, director of science communications at Life said.
“The magic of Lego is its universal appeal, its versatility and the creativity it inspires - something which is certainly evident in Brick City – the models are fascinating and really make you appreciate the stunning architecture of the famous buildings Warren has so meticulously recreated.”
Among the models famous events such as the Rio Carnival and the London Olympics are recreated, while one of the key pieces in the exhibition is a miniature version of St Pancras Station and Hotel which has details such as commuters running down escalators and a guest in a hotel bath.
The 5ft tall creation contains 180,000 bricks and took 37-year-old Warren 500 hours to build.
“This is one of my personal favourites and was a real labour of love,” he said.
“I’ve been a Lego fan for as long as I can remember so to be able to create this exhibition is a dream come true.
“I hope it inspires visitors to dig out their Lego and see where their imagination takes them.”
As well as the Lego models, the exhibition – which is included in the standard Life admission fee - will include a hands-on section.
Visitors can have a go at recreating one of their own favourite buildings or delve into their imagination and build something entirely new.