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Brickman Wonders of the World lands at Queensland Museum

18 June 2021

The countdown is on for the opening of Brickman Wonders of the World LEGO® brick exhibition at Queensland Museum on Friday, 18 June.

For the first time ever, visitors will have the chance to see the 4.5m tall Space Shuttle that was created for the recent season of the television show LEGO Masters Australia.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said it would be the first time that this creation from the hit television show would be on display to the public.

“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,” Dr Thompson said.

“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.”

Brickman Wonders of the World allows visitors to explore a world of more than 50 awe-inspiring LEGO brick masterpieces and experience some of the world’s most iconic landmarks with no passport required.

From the Pyramids of Giza to the Arc de Triomphe, Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Great Wall of China, Big Ben and everything in between there has never been a better time to experience these wonders from the safety of home.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said there was never a better time to visit Queensland and experience the Brickman Wonders of the World through LEGO, just in time for the school holidays.

“This exhibition is set to be a ‘block’ buster, featuring more than 50 awe-inspiring LEGO brick masterpieces that will give visitors the chance to see some of the world’s most iconic landmarks,” Minister Enoch said.

“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.

“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.

“Set to be a drawcard for visitors and tourism spending, the exhibition is building more blocks for Queensland’s economic recovery, as it attracts people to Brisbane,” Ms Enoch said. 

The exhibition featuring some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and masterpieces were made exclusively with LEGO bricks by Australia’s only LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught and his team.

Mr McNaught said he was excited to see the iconic LEGO Masters Australia Space Shuttle on display.

“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,” Mr McNaught said.

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

Created using more than 1.3 million LEGO bricks and taking almost 5,000 hours to create, the LEGO brick masterpieces built for Brickman Wonders of the World weigh well over a tonne and were moved into the museum using forklifts and cranes. 

Brickman Wonders of the World will open at Level 3 Queensland Museum on Friday 18 June.

Tickets cost Adult: $19.50, Concession (13 years + Seniors) $17, Junior (3-12) $12.50 or Family (2A+2C or 1A + 3C) $59.

Love your LEGO? Experience Wonders of the World multiple times with a Brickman Exhibition Pass for unlimited entry Adult: $39, Concession (13 years + Seniors) $34, Junior (3-12) $25 or Family (2A+2C or 1A + 3C) $118.

For more information visit www.qm.qld.gov.au/brick

Media Enquiries:

media@qm.qld.gov.au

Christine Robertson, Senior Media Officer, 3840 7789/0417 741 710

Kylie Hay, Senior Media Officer, 3842 9388/0434 565 852

Fun Facts:

  • More than 1.3 million LEGO Bricks were used on the display
  • The 50 displays took Ryan McNaught and his team 4,922 hours to build (205 days)
  • Altogether, the displays in the exhibition weigh more than tonne
  • An additional 1 million LEGO bricks will be at the exhibition for visitors to build their own creations
  • After the Space Shuttle the most time consuming display to create was Moscow’s St Basil the Blessed Church clocking up 320 hours in build time
  • The next heaviest display is the RHS Titanic weighing in at 120 kilograms and taking the team 240 hours to build
  • At 3.6 metres high the CN Tower is the second tallest build in the exhibition
  • The Golden Gate Bridge stretches to 4.2 metres long, but is not the longest in the exhibition – that goes to the Tokyo Subway system map at 4.65 metres long
  • The model with the second most bricks used is the Flying Scotsman, which is made up of 164,611 bricks
  • Ryan McNaught and a team of seven Brickman builders worked together to create Brickman Wonders of the World
  • The word LEGO was created by taking the first two letters of the Danish words LEG GODT, which means ‘play well’
  • The humble LEGO brick is more than 50 years old – the bricks made in 1958, will still fit perfectly with those made today
  • The moulds used to produce LEGO bricks are accurate to within two-thousandth of a millimetre (0.002 mm!). Because of this high degree of accuracy, there are only around 18 bricks in every million produced that fail to meet the company’s high quality standard
  • There are over 4 billion LEGO Minifigures around the world
  • Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times around the world
  • On average there are 80 LEGO bricks for every person on earth
  • LEGO is the world’s largest producer of car tyres (even if they are really small!)