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Celebrate architecture with Legos at National Building Museum's 'Brick City' exhibit

U.K.-based artist Warren Elsmore skillfully chooses the ideal bricks to recreate well-known landmarks from around the world.

WASHINGTON — A fun exhibit opens this weekend at D.C.'s National Building Museum. It's called Brick City, and it features iconic architecture from cities around the world constructed entirely from Legos. 

U.K.-based artist Warren Elsmore skillfully chooses the ideal bricks to recreate well-known landmarks using an encyclopedic knowledge of every shape and color ever manufactured. Some of these models aim to replicate the original architecture closely, while others purely evoke the spirit of a place with just a few small pieces and your imagination. Either way, these models take hours of designing, planning, and assembling to complete.

Elsmore's renderings will take visitors on a world tour, from the 2,000-brick Lincoln Memorial to the 1,600-brick Roman Colosseum. There's even a Lego Christ The Redeemer statue. 

Credit: National Building Museum

“The National Building Museum’s mission is to inspire curiosity about the world we design and build. Brick City showcases Warren Elsmore’s innovation and creativity through the 37 varied and complex models included in this exhibition,” said Aileen Fuchs, President and Executive Director for the National Building Museum. 

“We hope our visitors are inspired by the technically complicated St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, the 12-foot long St. Pancras station model, or how Elsmore incorporated the curve of the Olympic stadium with square bricks. Our goal is for visitors to leave this exhibition inspired and with a renewed sense of wonder about the possibilities of what you can create with beloved Lego bricks," Fuchs said.

Brick City will call the National Building Museum home for two years. For more information, visit the National Building Museum's website here

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