This is an excerpt from Warren Elsmore’s book Brick City, which shares the same name as the exhibition created by Warren – Brick City – which New Lanark is hosting from 28th June – 9th August 2017. Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now and selling fast.
“I’ve been a fan of LEGO® since before I can remember. Even my parents can’t recall when this started – I just always seemed to love it. I wasn’t content with the simple models, though. As soon as I had mastered those, I wanted to create a whole city. Ever January I would pore over the LEGO catalogue planning a whole year in advance and deciding which ones to ask for as birthday and Christmas presents, and which to save up for myself.”
“Before too long, my bedroom was filled with a huge city layout. It was planned to the last detail so that it really fitted together as a town. It had not only traditional LEGO® models of the fire and police stations, but also an airport, a garage, shops and a railway station – even if the track only ran around the city and back to the station again. It even had old ruined city walls, re-purposed from the LEGO castle range to add character.”
“Sadly, I moved away from LEGO as I grew up, and only came back to it in my twenties, discovering my passion was stronger than ever. This time I built the city I had always wanted to build as a child. My station had multiple platforms and more than one train – even though they technically didn’t go anywhere. Next, I painstakingly built a copy of our house, scaled so that the LEGO minifigures could be placed inside. Then I built the train that occasionally took me to London and, after that, a working model of the 2.4-kilometre (1.5 mile)-long Forth Bridge for my new train to travel over – a beast of 3 metres (9 feet and 10 inches) long. By then I wanted to show these models off at events, so I decided to start on something more ambitious. Eighteen months and 120,000 bricks later, I unveiled my model of London’s St.Pancras railway station at the LEGO fair in Denmark. This showpiece has since toured both the UK and Europe, been featured on the BBC television, and paved the way to a new career as an independent LEGO artist.”
Brick City is running from 28th June – 9th August 2017 at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Tickets are on sale now at www.newlanark.org.
Melissa Reilly – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer