Kids preview: Build It!: Adventures with Lego Bricks
Kids get creative with new show from LEGO brick artists
There can be few more satisfying job titles than ‘LEGO brick artist’ – which is why it’s not possible to interview Warren Elsmore without feeling just a little envious. He and his team have created the Build It! exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, a new show which demonstrates the toy’s potential for building impressively large versions of real-life artefacts.
There will be 40 pre-built models on display, including a red London phone box and a mini version of one of the properties on Edinburgh’s Broughton Street. On Wednesdays and Fridays, families can watch a large-scale model of the museum itself being built.
‘LEGO is much more than just a toy,’ says Elsmore. ‘It can inspire architects, designers, sculptors and storytellers, and is a fun and fascinating way to create things. I think we all love the large-scale models we make because they show the incredible potential of something as small and versatile as this toy we used to play with as children.’
The show is part of Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016 and a part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design celebrations, emphasising just how much it’s aimed at older visitors as well as families.
There will also be interactive elements, like a search for Museum-inspired models hidden around the galleries and a ‘play and display’ section where people can create their own models.
‘Each model is different for us,’ says Elsmore of his and his team’s own creative process. ‘Sometimes we simply start with a big collection of bricks and use trial and error to see what works, but with the larger models we create plans using specialist LEGO Computer Aided Design software. The model of the Empire State Building that’s part of the exhibition was designed this way, because it uses over 10,000 small pieces alone.’ So it’s not just all play and no work, then?
Build It!: Adventures with Lego Bricks, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Fri 29 Jan--Sun 17 Apr