Block buster: New exhibition set to land like a tonne of bricks

Brickman Wonders of the World features 50 iconic landmarks from around the world, all built using LEGO. Australia’s only LEGO Certified Professional, Ryan McNaught, created the exhibit using 1.3 million bricks which weigh over a tonne and required forklifts and cranes to move it into the Queensland Museum.

Jun 21, 2021, updated Jun 21, 2021
The Brickman: Wonders of the World exhibit opened at Queensland Museum on 18 June (Image: Supplied)

The Brickman: Wonders of the World exhibit opened at Queensland Museum on 18 June (Image: Supplied)

Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught and his King Kong display (Image: Supplied)

Visitors to the exhibition will take a trip around the world with the Arc de Triomphe, Pyramids of Giza, Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Great Wall of China, and Big Ben on display at the Queensland Museum.

Brickman Wonders of the World was created by Australia’s only LEGO Certified Professional, Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught, and his team of brick layers, taking 4,922 hours (205 days) to complete.

The exhibition also features a 4.5m tall Space Shuttle built on season three of LEGO Masters Australia, marking the first time a creation from the program will be on display to the public.

“This is such an iconic piece from season three in 2021 and it took the team 775 hours to build and is made with 167,891 LEGO bricks,” said McNaught.

“Standing at 4.5 metres high – it certainly fits the criteria of a wonder of the world!”

Queensland Museum Network Chief Executive Jim Thompson said adding the Space Shuttle to the exhibition was a real bonus.

“When we were given the opportunity to include this iconic Space Shuttle in the Brickman Wonders of the World exhibition, we jumped at the chance,” said Thompson.

The exhibition contains one million lego bricks for visitors to build creations with (Image: Supplied)

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“Past exhibitions at Queensland Museum have shown that our visitors love space themed items and having a huge Space Shuttle created entirely out of LEGO bricks is sure to be a winner.”

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the exhibition arrived just in time for school holidays, with an additional one million LEGO bricks available for visitors to build with.

“The great thing about LEGO is that it is cross-generational, it brings together all ages with its creativity, and combines art and science in a fun and educational way,” said Enoch.

“Not only can visitors to this exhibition learn about the landmarks, they can also engage in the creative process and make their own LEGO brick masterpieces inside the exhibition.”

The exhibition opened on 18 June at Level 3, Queensland Museum and runs until 4 October. For more information, visit the Queensland Museum’s website. 

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