Build a city of the future at Fremantle’s Maritime Museum

Eva-Rose Norris (11) Grenwood and Riley Debarros (8) Greenwood checking out the Brickman Cities school holiday exhibition at WA Maritime Museum.
Eva-Rose Norris (11) Grenwood and Riley Debarros (8) Greenwood checking out the Brickman Cities school holiday exhibition at WA Maritime Museum.

CHILDREN will have the chance to build a city of the future at the Brickman Cities exhibition.

Held at the WA Maritime Museum, the exhibition takes cities from across the world from different time periods and gives participants the chance to build their own version of those cities in the future.

The exhibition was designed by Ryan McNaught , one of only 13 certified Lego professionals around the world.

Mr McNaught said he got into the job completely by accident.

“You don’t go to Lego university, you can’t get a degree in Lego,” he said.

“I used to do IT for Lego and they liked what I did, I did a few more things for them and then it morphed into it by accident.”

Mr McNaught said his love of Lego began at age three and came back into his live when he had twin boys.

He said this exhibition was different to most because of how hands on it was.

“We have taken Tokyo, Dubai, London and Sydney and we built models of the cities at periods of time including 1560, 1920, 1970,” he said.

“In the middle we have a big open space with a million bricks and people get to build what they think Tokyo will look like in 2050.

“I am very lucky I get to travel a lot for my job, I picked interesting cities like Dubai, in 1970 there was only a couple of buildings and now today its one of the biggest, craziest cities in the world.”

The exhibition took 2500 hours to design and includes millions of Lego bricks.

Mr McNaught said he hoped to inspire children to play with their Lego.

“I also hope they are inspired to see how we build cities that save energy, create green spaces, and create all of these things that make our cities liveable,” he said.

“We call this education by stealth, because they have no idea they are learning stuff.”

The exhibition will be held at the WA Maritime Museum until Sunday May 5.