Lego replica of famous Bury St Edmunds landmark takes pride of place at museum
A spectacular Lego replica of one of Bury St Edmunds’ most famous landmarks has gone on display at Moyse’s Hall Museum.
The impressive 6,000 brick model of the Abbey Gate took around 90 hours to complete by independent Lego builder Rhys Knight.
The model was commissioned to coincide with the museum’s hugely popular Brick City Lego brick exhibition, which has already attracted more than 10,000 visitors since opening in January.
Rhys, who has been making Lego models for 40 years, said there was plenty of inspiring architecture in the town for model making.
“I have very much enjoyed making Abbey Gate and am pleased to present it to the town,” he said.
“As with Moyse’s Hall and all of its various architectural styles, making Lego models is always a fun challenge and the most testing aspect of this build was sourcing the correct parts to replicate the sandstone colour.”
Rhys said the recent boom in Star Wars and Harry Potter Lego kits made making sandy or stone coloured Lego pieces a bit easier to find.
Cllr Joanna Rayner, St Edmundsbury’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “The Lego brick Abbey Gate is a stunning recreation and I was delighted to receive it on behalf of the town.”
While accepting the replica, Cllr Rayner was also presented a lego model of herself and of her son Thomas.
She said she was pleased with how popular the exhibition had been so far.
“The visitor numbers not only illustrate the appeal of Lego itself but also what an excellent job the museum has done in building community, and particularly school events, around the celebrated exhibition’s first visit to East Anglia.”
On Saturday, The Apex hosted a Lego brick fun day run by Brickologists Young Engineers to give youngsters the chance to play with the world famous building bricks.
The Brick City exhibition at Moyse’s Hall Museum runs until Sunday April 24.