The Mayor of St Edmundsbury has launched a LEGO building contest after receiving a scale replica of a Bury landmark made from the famous bricks.
Cllr Patrick Chung took delivery of a LEGO brick model of Moyse’s Hall Museum as the venue prepares to host the first round of the ‘Great Bury Brick Off’ on Saturday.
The 1:40 scale replica was constructed by independent LEGO builder Rhys Knight, who had also created a miniature version of the Mayor and Mayoress complete with red ribbon and scissors to open the museum.
It coincides with the popular Brick City exhibition at Moyse’s Hall, which boasts more than 60 scale models of famous buildings and landmarks from five continents.
Cllr Chung said: “The scale model of the museum has surpassed everyone’s expectations and I was delighted to receive it, along with the surprise LEGO brick figures.
“Brick City features everything from the Rio Carnival to a Thanksgiving Parade in New York, a royal wedding scene at Buckingham Palace and even LEGO brick penguins on a beach in Cape Town, South Africa.
“Now it is Bury’s turn to start building. With all of the wonderful architecture, landscape and culture on our doorstep, I hope to see this reflected in people’s LEGO brick creations to celebrate and interpret our own unique heritage, on a world stage.”
The Great Bury Brick Off, for all age groups, starts on Saturday at the museum and is hosted by Stowmarket-based Brickologists.
Competing for the title of Bury’s Brick-Off Champion, entrants will be given 10 minutes to construct a Bury St Edmunds landmark of their choosing at the museum.
This will be followed by 10 minutes to build any model inspired by a famous film. There will be prizes.
Another round will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the museum.
There will also be an Adult Brick Off for a rapidly growing band of ‘Adult Fans of LEGO’ on April 1 including a licensed bar at Moyse’s Hall.
Rhys Knight, who will also be making a LEGO brick version of the Abbey Gate, added: “Recreating the museum has been one of my favourite projects to date. Given the various architectural styles dating back over 900 years, it has been both challenging and fun.”
Brick City runs until April 24. As part of the exhibition, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s heritage services has arranged school workshops and LEGO-themed events.
The Great Bury Brick Off on Saturday, February 13 and April 2 (included in standard admission) is divided into three age groups:
- Ages 5 to 8 (noon to 1.30pm)
- Ages 9 to 14 (2pm to 3.30pm)
- Ages 15 and over (4pm to 5.30pm)
To register a place, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, age and contact details. For the Adult Brick Off visit www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk