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Warren Elsmore – Welcome to Brick City

Warren Elsmore – Welcome to Brick City

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.

Warren Elsmore…

“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.”

Dale and Millie checking out Brick City

“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.”

Warren’s amazing model of St.Pancras Station!

 

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

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20/02/17 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , , , , , ,

Brick City and LEGO Fun Facts

Brick City and LEGO Fun Facts

Brick City is a celebration of some of the world’s favourite buildings and urban icons, recreated solely using LEGO bricks. Brick City has previously been enjoyed by thousands of visitors across the UK and now fans of LEGO young and old will have the chance to catch this must-see exhibition at New Lanark during the summer of 2017 from 28th June – 9th August – with tickets on sale now.

Brick City Fun Facts

  • Brick City is comprised of an estimated half-a-million LEGO Bricks.
  • Over 60 models will be on display at New Lanark.
  • The smallest model in Brick City is a New York Fire Hydrant.
  • At a whopping 2×4 metres the biggest model in Brick City is London’s St Pancras Station.
  • St Pancras is also the model with the most LEGO Bricks – an estimated 180,000!
  • Call in the Olympic weightlifters…the model of the 2012 London Olympic Stadium is made of an estimated 30,000 LEGO Bricks.
  • Brick City features historical landmarks from 24 cities around the world, from Cape Town to Copenhagen.
  • There are four ‘Scottish’ models in Brick City all from our Capital city, Edinburgh.
  • The exhibition has previously visited London, Newcastle, Belfast and Hamilton – to name a few locations!
  • The most northerly destination Brick City has visited is Thurso in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Brick City is open to the public at New Lanark for 43 days – 28th June – 9th August 2017.

LEGO Fun Facts (source)

  • The plural of LEGO is LEGO. It doesn’t matter if you have one or one hundred pieces of LEGO, it’s still LEGO – although many people call them LEGOs.
  • LEGO comes from the Danish word leg godt. Leg godt means “play well” in Danish and LEGO is made from the first two letters of each word.
  • LEGO is 85 years old. The LEGO Group began in 1932 in Billund, Denmark and was founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen.
  • Ole Kirk Christiansen was a carpenter. He lost his business and began to make toys out of his leftover wood. He was inspired to construct a small wooden duck toy for his children and when they loved it he put them into production to sell.
  • In 2000, LEGO was named “Toy of the Century” by the British Association of Toy Retailers. LEGO beat both the common teddy bear and the Barbie doll.
  • Seven LEGO sets are sold every second. By the time you have read this fact, dozens of LEGO sets have been sold around the world.

Just some of the amazing models you can see at New Lanark this summer…

Brick City - Vegas Sign

Brick City - Trevi Fountain
Brick CIty - Macy Parade
Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now! Book yours at http://bit.ly/BrickCityNL 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO Group of Companies. ©2017 The LEGO Group. Brick City is not sponsored, endorsed or otherwise supported by The LEGO Group.

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