Harry building on Anzac legend

Harry Kneen with his scale model of the WA State War Memorial built entirely out of Lego bricks. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d398208
Harry Kneen with his scale model of the WA State War Memorial built entirely out of Lego bricks. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d398208

When he’s not servicing hydraulics or taking care of his 15-month-old son Charlie, the Perth ‘brickie’ is spending time ” and dollars ” on constructing his treasured toys.

His latest masterwork is a 4000-piece replica of the WA State War Memorial, designed specially for the upcoming exhibition ‘From War to Remembrance: A Living History of the RSL’, presented by the WA Returned and Services League and State Library of WA.

It took several months to create, with blocks coming from as far as Germany.

‘I had two major difficulties when building this item,’ Harry, a proud member of the WA Brick Society, told WS Weekly.

‘One was trying to set the scale to capture the details in an interesting way while keeping it a reasonable size.

‘The other was estimating how many parts would be needed.

‘As usual I underestimated the quantity so had to go back online at the last minute to order more from Europe.’

As large as it is, the memorial isn’t Harry’s biggest work. A 13,000-brick construction of UWA’s Winthrop Hall remains his most impressive piece to date.

Fascination for the famous Danish bricks began when Harry was four.

‘There was a period of time when I didn’t touch Lego, from ages 23 to 25,’ he said.

‘Then I just decided I wanted some again and resumed the habit.’

WS Weekly was keen to know what Harry’s wife thought of her husband’s ‘addiction.’

‘Wifey thinks it’s fine as long as I prioritise correctly,’ he shared. ‘I can’t just leave all the housework and babysitting to her.’