I love LEGO. I like that LEGO is brilliant quality. I like that it encourages dexterity and spatial awareness and is great for both independent and collaborative play. Most of all, it’s fun.
Whenever I see my 6-year old young niece playing with LEGO, LEGO is basically about building your own stuff. There is something pleasing about developing the LEGO building expertise needed so that you just knew which bricks you needed to make a sloping house roof, or how long a gap you could leave between the wheels on a bus and still make something that would “go”. Or developing that knack of being able to prise apart two flat LEGO planks that had become jammed together. I always enjoy seeing what other people create using LEGO, as well as the wonderful models that are showcased at any LEGO exhibition.
Recently, I brought my niece to a LEGO exhibition at the Singapore Science Centre, named “Brickman Wonders of the World”, which consists of over 50 large-scale iconic landmarks of the world. The exhibition was created by an Australian, Ryan McNaught, who is Brickman’s managing director and a LEGO Certified Professional himself. The whole preparation phase took him and his 6-man team more than 5,000 hours and over 1.4 million LEGO bricks to bring the ideas to life.
As mentioned, this LEGO exhibition is all about the wonders of the world – iconic monuments, inventions, amazing structures and symbols. There are a few zones in the exhibition. They are mainly based on continents namely Africa, Northern America, Europe and Asia.
Each model has an accompanying description which details how many bricks were used, how many hours spent on the model as well as importance details about the piece that the model was inspired by.
Children certainly could their hands full at the exhibition. There are plenty of master builder zones including around models like Golden Gate Bridge that invites people to make their own portraiture. Children will be so inspired to build upon seeing the huge LEGO models!
Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France (left) and Statue of David Michelangelo (right).
Of course, it wouldn’t be an exhibition of the World’s Wonders without Singapore’s very own ‘Merlion‘!
The Sinking Titanic.
The Flying Scotsman is an express passenger train service that operates between Edinburgh and London, the capitals of Scotland and England, via the East Coast Main Line.
Visiting this exhibition would be a great day for children, families, collectors, adult builders and every other kind of LEGO fan, with lots to see. Beyond inciting children’s imaginations, the exhibition can bring nostalgia and food for thought to young adults, especially those who have played with LEGO in their childhood. Whether or not you spent your childhood creating unique LEGO builds, many of us still find joy in collecting these iconic building blocks as adults. This is a celebration of all things LEGO.
The “Brickman Wonders Of The World” exhibition ends on 3 July 2022. Click here to purchase the admission tickets.
Visiting this exhibition reminds me of another LEGO exhibition in Singapore which I had visited in 2013, named "The Art of Brick", created by New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya. Click here to view my blog post to reminisce.