Brick Wonders and Little Landmark Exhibitions

Some of the world’s ancient, modern and natural wonders have been recreated with half a million LEGO® bricks as part of an exhibition here at The Word.

Created by Warren Elsmore, Brick Wonders features recreations of breath-taking sights and structures from the ancient, historic, natural and modern world from across all seven continents. Highlights include The Grand Canyon, an installation of The Great Barrier Reef and the International Space Station.

Little Landmarks, in the smaller exhibition pod, also sees a selection of local structures recreated in LEGO®, such as Arbeia Roman Fort, Souter Lighthouse and the Old Town Hall. Created by Bricks McGee, Little Landmarks was originally on display in South Shields Museum.

One of the highlights of Brick Wonders is the installation of The Great Barrier Reef. It features everything from corals and sponges to sea turtles and reef-dwelling fish including blue tangs, angel fish and a ray.

Visitors are also encouraged to take their own photos and selfies using the exhibition features, including The International Space Station, as a stunning backdrop.

Little Landmarks was originally displayed in South Shields Museum and Art Gallery in 2017 and showcases eleven LEGO® models of local buildings from across the area demonstrating the depth and variety of architectural styles.

Landmarks include The Herd Groyne Lighthouse, St Hilda’s Church and South Shields Town Hall as well as some of the Borough’s newest cultural attractions including Haven Point leisure centre and The Word itself.

Outside the exhibition space is the Brick Workshop where visitors can build their own brick wonders and add their own pictures to the LEGO brick wall. Children can also enjoy fun colouring activities on the Children’s floor.

Both exhibitions are free to enjoy and are running until Sunday 14 April 2024.

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