Lego exhibition comes to Perth in time for school holidays


Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught will unveil 39 Lego models never before seen in Perth – including the only life-sized Lego Harley Davidson ever made – when his new exhibition Brickman Awesome opens at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught will unveil 39 Lego models never before seen in Perth – including the only life-sized Lego Harley Davidson ever made – when his new exhibition Brickman Awesome opens at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

LEGO building is literally a full time job for Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught and his team of seven.

They spent more than 5000 hours building 39 new models made up of more than two million Lego bricks for the new Brickman Awesome exhibition, which is in Perth from this weekend.

“There’s a theme to the exhibition; they’re all record breakers or hold some prominence in their field,” McNaught said.

“The ice breaker is Australia’s brand new ice-breaker, which will service Antarctica and hasn’t been constructed yet, the Delorian (from Back to the Future) is the fastest car ever made, it goes as fast as time and the Caterpillar dump truck is the world’s biggest dump truck.”

McNaught said the time it took to build the models ranged from a week to three months.

“Some might only take a week, like the violin, but others like the rocket, that’s three months,” he said.

“It also depends on the size, scale and detail; my colleague Mark worked on the Eiffel Tower and it’s a highly detailed model so it might have taken longer than something that’s bigger (in size).”

While there is a range of models based on mechanics, like the Harley Davidson bike and a life-size Camry car, there are also animals including kangaroo, koala and an orca whale.

The full-size Australian saltwater crocodile weighs more than 60kg and was built using more than 40,000 bricks.

McNaught said he rediscovered his love for the building bricks at 35-years-old after he had his own children.

“I did pick it up later in life; loved it as a kid, but it wasn’t until we had twin boys, I have two 11-year-old boys, that I got back into Lego,” he said.

“My mum had kept my Lego from when I was a little kid.”

DETAILS

What: Brickman Awesome exhibition

When: June 23 until July 22

Where: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road

Tickets: www.ticketek.com.au