LEGO brick exhibition arrives in Singapore, features over 50 replicas of world landmarks

From now till Jul 3, visitors can view large-scale replicas including Singapore’s Merlion and build their own LEGO sculptures to add to the displays.

Caleb Lau

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Published: 25 March 2022, 3:54 PM

Those who grew up playing with these miniature bricks are sure to love this touring exhibition that has arrived at the Science Centre Singapore.

Named Brickman Wonders of the World – LEGO Brick Exhibition Singapore, the array of LEGO sculptures will be open for viewing from now till Jul 3, said Science Centre in its press release.

Created by Australia-based Ryan McNaught, Brickman’s managing director and a LEGO Certified Professional himself, the models consist of over 50 large-scale iconic landmarks of the world.


The curation of real world items replicated in LEGO draws upon Ryan’s likings as well as his family’s conversations and travels. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/CALEB LAU


Keeping everything custom built, the preparation phase took the 17-strong Brickman team over 5,000 hours and over 1.4 million LEGO bricks to bring the ideas to life. 

Upon entering, visitors can walk up close to view iconic landmarks of today such as the Great Pyramid of Giza, Leaning Tower of Pisa and Taj Mahal.


The large scale landmarks exemplify the team’s attention to detail, such as (from left) the hustle and bustle below the Christ the Redeemer statue, the plaited roof design of the Himeji Castle, and the curvature of the Merlion. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/CALEB LAU


Several of the sculptures also take on a whimsical touch, including Ryan’s designated figurine called Addie who has been placed at obscure spots in a Where-is-Waldo fashion.


Well-known movie characters also make cameos in various displays, including Indiana Jones in his lair hidden within the Great Pyramid of Giza (left) and King Kong hugging the spire of the Empire State Building (right). PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/CALEB LAU


In addition, the exhibition includes human innovations such as the International Space Station and the original Apple Macintosh, as Ryan justifies that they are wonders in their own right in paving the way for the technologies of today.


One of the larger displays is a visual retelling of the RMS Titanic wreck, which Ryan said was a moment in time worth capturing due to its emotional value within history. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/CALEB LAU


The exhibition’s launch is also in conjunction with Science Centre Singapore’s 45th anniversary, kicking off the slew of activities it has in store for the rest of the year. 

Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, chief executive of Science Centre Board, said: “LEGO is cross-generational and combines art and science to pique one’s imagination.

“With an aim to spark curiosity about our universe, the exhibition is strongly aligned with Science Centre’s vision to bring experiential, participatory, image-driven and connected experiences.”


At numerous Master Builder Zones scattered throughout the gallery, visitors are encouraged to build their renditions of the sculptures and place them on display as well. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/CALEB LAU


Beyond inciting children’s imaginations, Ryan said the exhibition can bring nostalgia and food for thought to young adults, especially those who have played with LEGO in their childhood.

“For people who have got a more mature brain, young adults for example, the intricate sculptures give a kind of mental challenge, like Minecraft but 50 levels harder,” he said. 

“A little child may come into the exhibition and go, “Wow!”, but an older person will come in and ask, “How did they do that?””


To complete the experience, visitors can use the provided LEGO tiles as a canvas to leave lasting messages on the adjacent display shelves. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/CALEB LAU


Located at the Annexe of Science Centre Singapore, the exhibition will open 10am to 8pm on Fridays to Sundays, including school and public holidays. All visitors need to be fully vaccinated and those coming in groups must all be present to gain entry.

Tickets have a base price of $23 and need to be bought in advance through official ticketing partner KKday. Visitors can choose to fix the ticket date or keep it open-dated for the specific month. Further enquiries can be made on organiser Apollo Entertainment Media’s website.

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