Opening tomorrow: a Lego fan’s dream, Towers of Tomorrow

More than half a million little plastic bricks and over 2,400 hours. That’s how long it took Ryan McNaught and his team to construct the 20 skyscraper replicas going on display at Science World (1455 Quebec St.) beginning tomorrow, Jan. 24. During the show, on until Sept. 7, visitors can create their own buildings from over 200,000 loose LEGO® bits and pieces.

So which skyscrapers will you see? And what scale are they built on?

The replicas are based on skyscrapers in Canada, the U.S., Australia, Asia and the United Arab Emirates. Structures include Toronto’s CN Tower, Philadelphia’s Comcast Technology Center, Los Angeles’ Wilshire Grand Center, Chicago’s Willis Tower, Atlanta’s Bank of America Plaza, New York’s skyscrapers 111 West 75th Street, Central Park Towers, and the city’s famous landmarks, Empire State Building, and Chrysler Building. The replicas are built at a scale of 1:200 and with precision and attention to detail.

In addition to viewing the exhibit and playing with bricks, visitors can contribute to a crowdsourced mural outside the entrance to the gallery. The mural will, over time, reveal a large-scale landscape of some of Vancouver’s most iconic features.

Meanwhile, the back of the gallery will host an interactive Community Building exhibit. This is “designed to facilitate creative thinking and playing with how urban and neighbourhood design can support and contribute to thriving communities,” according to the media release. “Using Science World’s False Creek neighbourhood as a hyper-local example, visitors will question how the physical features of great communities are designed and how we can envision and create thriving communities together.”

Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks is a traveling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums. Australian Ryan McNaught is the only certified LEGO® professional in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only 14 worldwide.

Ryan McNaught with Towers of Tomorrow at National Museum of Australia, 28 July – 8 October 2017

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