Life with kids in Sydney City
The latest creation from Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught, who returns to Sydney during the summer school holidays to reveal his most detailed and advanced exhibition to date. The brand-new Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY will be housed in a purpose-built structure at The Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park.
Brickman Cities focuses on some of the world’s greatest cities – Dubai, London, New York, Sydney and Tokyo – with Brickman’s trademark cut-away detailed models representing three different stages of each city’s history, from 1000AD up to the present day and shows how each has evolved and grown. Every person that comes along then builds a new version of that city and what they think it will look like in the future!
The centrepiece of Brickman Cities is a 3m x 4m 1:600 scale model of Lower Manhattan, New York, built entirely from white LEGO® bricks to enable 3D stories of the city to be projected directly onto them using UHD 4K projectors. The 3D story of Lower Manhattan takes visitors from the days of the First People’s villages amongst the swamps of the River Delta right up until the present day.
Brickman Cities continues to feature Brickman’s trademark interactive build experiences that are hugely popular with young and older LEGO® fans alike combined with new cutting-edge technology to advance the experience.
And if that wasn’t enough LEGO® fun, the Brickman Cities exhibition will feature for the first-time ever, a brand-new collaboration with LEGO® CITY – an entire wall devoted to showcasing the history of LEGO® CITY, with CITY Fire Stations from decades ago. This interactive master builder zone offers kids the opportunity to get hands-on with over half a million LEGO® bricks, become the heroes of LEGO® CITY and spark their creativity and build the LEGO® CITY of tomorrow.
Part WOW factor, part educational, Brickman Cities took over 1,500 hours to build and used over 900,000 LEGO® bricks, with the team spending a further 250 hours developing sophisticated 3D projections that bring the hero city, New York to life.
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Interview with Ryan "the Brickman" McNaught
We spoke to Ryan "the brickman" McNaught who is one of only 14 certified Lego professionals in the world. Father to eleven year old twin boys, Ryan and his team of experts have recreated every version of the Lego fire-stations since 1961 to show evolved but also to show how fire stations and fire fighting techniques have changed over time.
Q. What are you most passionate about when it comes to Lego?
A. Lego encourages development in children and education by stealth. The best ideas and inspiration have come from travel. This exhibition combines both of those passions and teaches children about geography, history and and urban planning in the process.
Q. What are you most excited about for the Sydney Lego City exhibition?
A. The exhibition is centered around a massive scale model of New York City. The whole metropolis was built using Google Earth to project the image of lower Manhattan. This particular model is built entirely with white bricks. A digital projection is used to tell the story of how Manhattan evolved from early settlement through to modern day.
Q. What other cities will feature in this exhibition?
A. The exhibition also features Sydney, London, Tokyo and Dubai. The Dubai model teaches children about the evolution of a city over time with four different versions of the city through history, showing how it has changed over time, starting with 1900 and an oasis in the desert followed by 1950 and an early version of the modern city followed by the city as it is today. The fourth version is an opportunity for children to design a future Dubai and become architects of the future.