Southern Hemisphere’s tallest Lego arrives at Auckland Museum
Aucklanders will soon be able to see NASA’s most powerful rocket take off into space. Well, sort of.
A 7.5m-high replica of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), made from 450,000 Lego bricks, will be on display at the Auckland Museum on December 3.
The rocket, which certified professional Lego builder Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught spent 500 hours building, is one of more than 35 giant Lego models to be on display at the exhibit. Brickman Awesome: Epic Lego Creations.
It is the tallest model made from Lego bricks in the southern hemisphere.
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McNaught installed a lighting and sound system in his masterpiece, to make the rocket look like it was taking off.
The launch of the exhibition will coincide with the reopening of the redeveloped South Atrium of the Auckland Museum, with the rocket to be suspended from the ceiling of the atrium.
Brickman Awesome: Epic Lego Creations Also includes the biggest Lego Caterpillar 797 dump truck, a 4.5m long Shinkansen train and an Antonov 225 plane over 3m long.
It was a hit with Lego fans across Australia when it was exhibited there.
In total, the models took over 5,000 hours to build from over two million Lego bricks.
“We want to go big, we want to amaze, and the remarkable heights are part of what makes this show so impressive,” McNaught said.
Their creations will also be exhibited.
“I love seeing kids and adults get stuck and let their imaginations run wild with what they can build,” McNaught added.
McNaught has been designing Lego creations for over a decade.
He hosted the Australian version of the TV show Lego Masters, alongside Hamish Blake, in 2019.
The reality series saw eight pairs of Lego fans compete against each other in construction challenges. Its second season aired on Three earlier this year.
The exhibition is open during the summer holidays, until February 28, 2021.
Tickets go on sale November 10. They cost $ 22.50 for adults and $ 15 per child (ages 5 to 13). Children aged 4 and under can participate for free.
Family passes and student tickets will also be available for purchase.