LEGO: Building The Bowes exhibit recreates museum artefacts

A graffiti artist has designed a LEGO mural to serve as a backdrop to The Bowes Museum’s LEGO exhibit.

The Bowes Museum, located in the UK near Darlington, is hosting LEGO: Building The Bowes, which will run until October 13. LEGO building expert Steve Mayes is incorporating a LEGO Creation Station into an exhibit that will re-imagine the museum space as an imaginative playground.

As part of the installation, 15 of the museum’s most loved objects will be displayed alongside impressive brick built statues that recreate them using LEGO elements. The creative area will allow visitors to be inspired and construct their own models.

During the run of LEGO: Building The Bowes, there will be special talks, workshops and events including dementia friendly days. For children, there will be opportunities to learn about making stop motion animations and to learn new LEGO building techniques.
Graffiti artist Dan Walls has produced a special graffiti art backdrop for the exhibit, which he completed in 12 days.

LEGO Bowes Museum train

“The sculptures of our most treasured objects will really take your breath away as will the scale of our LEGO Creation Station. So, we’re calling on the young to help us to collect new treasures and to make the LEGO Museum of the Future,” said Jane Whittaker, The Bowes Museum Head of Collections. “There’s a real nostalgia to building with LEGO. It rekindles a youthful optimism – making anything possible. It’s a way of disconnecting from our busy world’s for a while – it’s mindful and therapeutic – and gives us an opportunity to share joyful moments across the generations.”

Tickets are available at The Bowes Museum website.

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Graham was the Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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