Monday, 21 July 2014

Brick City: Lego Architecture

My work is often described as playful, colourful and inviting, and one of my hopes is for the work to create a sense of wonderment for the viewer, wonderment being a feeling that is mostly associated with childhood.

I believe that it is not just children who can experience a state of wonderment, but I acknowledge that as one gets older, it becomes less accepted.

Lego is a material that tends to encourage adults to be creative, playful and imaginative. Today I visited Brick City: Lego Architecture at Rheged Centre, Penrith, where I was reminded of the joy that lego can bring to both children and adults.

The exhibition featured more than 70 models of differing sizes, the largest being 4 metres wide. Lego Artist Warren Elsmore had created lego representations of famous buildings from all over the world, including London St Pancras Station, the London 2012 Olympic Park, the Pompidou Centre, Paris, a Roman amphitheater, and the La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.

Hidden within the impressive St Pancras station were a number of well-known characters including Harry Potter, Father Christmas, and Buzz Lightyear.

I'm sure that after visiting this exhibition, there will be many children (and adults) hunting out their own lego, eager to see what they are able to build.

View Warren Elsmore's website at

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