Thursday January 18, 2018
Lego exhibition reaches epic milestone A popular exhibition at Te Papa has reached a milestone with 50,000 people having visited Brickman: Wonders of the World in the 35 days since it opened at Te Papa. The exhibition,which runs until February 11, showcases 50 of the world’s most iconic landmarks and masterpieces made exclusively from Lego bricks by Ryan McNaught, one of only 14 Lego Certified Professionals in the world. Te Papa chief cxecutive Geraint Martin says Ryan’s creations have huge appeal. “It’s been fantastic seeing kids of all ages enjoying the magic of Lego,” he says. “There is an audible ‘wow’ as people enter the space and come face to knee with Michelangelo’s Statue of David, and see Saint Basil’s Cathedral from Moscow’s Red Square. “It’s well on its way to being one of our most popular summer exhibitions – right on par with last year’s Bug Lab.” The interactive building stations have been a huge hit, Te Papa host supervisor Melissa Wells says. “People have been loving building their own pyramids, leaning towers of Pisa and coral for the Great Barrier Reef inspired by, and adding to, Brickman’s masterpieces,”
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From left, Ryshia Leota, Dishita Shankar and Claudia Fennell at the Lego version of Moscow’s St Basil’s Cathedral at the Brickman: Wonders of the World exhibition has students from Arakura School awestruck. PHOTO: Kate Whitley
she says. “We’ve been blown away by everyone’s creativity.” Another well-received interactive aspect of the exhibition is finding Lego mini-figure, Eddie the Explorer, who is
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Te Papa communications advisor Andrea Tandy believes the total number of visitors could see Brickman among the top three for all exhbitions if the trend continues, with more than three weeks still to go.
U3A is setting up a branch in the eastern suburbs. The global organisation, whose name stands for University of the Third Age, is for people who are retired or semi-retired who wish to keep their minds active and learning. Members meet together to share and learn from each other and sometimes outside speakers. Groups can be varied, for example, topical discussions, literature and poetry, just to name a few. Once a month an outside speaker is invited to talk on their specialist subject. Organiser Bev Webber says not all groups are academic. “Some are more social, for example going to the theatre or movies. Some groups meet in private homes and some in community halls.” Annual subscriptions are at $15 per person or $20 for couples. Sometimes a small amount is required to help pay hall hire. Bev says minds and bodies which are kept alert, always learning and active, age more slowly than those which are not used. “There is an old adage, ‘use it or lose it’ - don’t lose it!” Bev encourages those intersted to attend a meeting at Kilbirnie Community Centre on January 24 at 1.30 pm to find out more and sign up.
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