A giant Christmas sleigh made entirely out of LEGO – complete with Santa and reindeers has arrived at Liverpool ONE.
Santa in his sleigh together with Rudolph and eight reindeers are on display at Peter’s Lane near Hotel Chocolat and Ted Baker. The giant structure is made out of 700,000 LEGO bricks and has only previously been seen at Covent Garden in London. The impressive installation has been designed and built by the UK’s only LEGO certified profession, Duncan Titmarsh, which took Duncan and his team 32 days to build.
It was transported to Liverpool ONE overnight on Wednesday and the build began yesterday using a fork lift truck.
The sleigh began life as a drawing converted through a computer program into a 3D diagram which shows how to shape it in tiny plastic bricks. Duncan said: “Human ingenuity is still needed to create the modelling, particularly the curving pieces like the raised hooves of the reindeer.”
“After horrible early experiences of trying to lift half-tonne pieces by hand, these are now built on to steel pallets which can be moved with a fork-lift truck.”
The first youngster to experience Santa and his sleigh up close was four-year-old LEGO enthusiast Alfie Chapman from Prenton, Wirral who is being cared for by Claire House for a congenital heart condition.
Alfie’s mums Carla, said: “I am delighted Claire House and Liverpool ONE have been able to arrange this experience for Alfie. It is a day he will never forget.”
The LEGO sleigh will be in place in Liverpool ONE until December 30 and children and their parents are invited to upload selfies to social media with the hashtag #LEGOsleigh.