Discover how and why people model the world in this colourful and interactive exhibition which uses half a million LEGO® bricks.
Brick Wonders has used 500,000 bricks to create amazing wonders from around the world, from an ancient Egyptian pyramid to Old London Bridge, and from the natural wonder of a coral reef to the modern marvel of the international space station.
More than 50 models will be on show, from individual pieces that will inspire visitors to build them at home, to awe-inspiring dioramas and mosaics. Visitors can build their own brick wonders in interactive play areas – including a graffiti wall, a tower-building challenge, a magnetic mosaic puzzle and big bricks for little hands – and the exhibition includes a mini-cinema showing short LEGO® animations.
The exhibition also features specially made models of two of south London’s own ‘wonders’ – a 1.2m-long LEGO® replica of the Horniman Walrus weighing a ‘very solid’ 19kg, and a 1:40 scale (Minifigure scale) cross-section of the Horniman’s original 1901 building which recreates the Natural History and World Galleries, and the iconic Clocktower.
The Horniman is also displaying selected objects from its natural history and anthropology collections showing human beings’ widespread fascination with miniaturising and modelling our world.