The Lego Brick City exhibition at the Titanic Belfast has been well publicised. With the poster describing it as a display of “72 world icons in Lego”, I’ve been looking forward to viewing the exhibition for more than a month.
The first model upon entry wasn’t quite what I expected – it was the Battersea Power Station, which I’ve never seen in person and wouldn’t recognise – but still held promise with a cute Lego pig perched atop the model, which reminded me of the Lego movie and the highly enjoyable Lego games.
Unfortunately, this sense of promise didn’t last long. Yes, the large scale models of the London Olympics Park and the extremely cool St Pancras Station and Westminister Abbey (pictures further below) were extremely impressive indeed. Some of the smaller models, such as the Trevi Fountain below, were also rendered in enough detail for visitors to linger and admiringly at the creation as well.
However, there were too many niggles in the exhibition that eventually left me feeling rather dissatisfied. The model of Berlin had the Ampelmännchen lying bizarrely on his side:
The Sagrada Familia got the bare gist of the church:
The model of China and its special autonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macau was described in the write-up as featuring Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower, which was nowhere to be seen:
And the model of Venice – pardon its blurriness – was so pathetic as they hadn’t even bothered to throw in some blue Lego pieces to represent water:
Also, I don’t know how the models are counted, but there certainly weren’t 72 world icons on display, and Warren Elsmore’s website – the creator of these models – features other icons, like Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers, which weren’t in the exhibition either.
I don’t intend in any way to deny the effort and creativity that Elsmore displays through these models, but I certainly expected a better quality exhibition with more than just plain white stands on which Lego models of varying degrees of detail are displayed within clear plastic cases – some of which are scratched, like the one for the Olympic Stadium – and accompanied by paper printouts of descriptive text, which on occasion were improperly stuck to the stands.
With more quality control, a better eye for detail in the set-up and less misleading marketing, the Lego Brick City exhibition would have been much more enjoyable – but unfortunately it turned out to be not so awesome. In any case, I’ll end of with some pictures of the really cool large scale models which were undeniably the highlight of the exhibition.