Lego's Towers of Tomorrow @ the National Mseum of Australia

27 July 2017

Lego is the bane of every mother’s domestic harmony. It invades and multiplies in every nook and cranny, sneaking out at the most inopportune moments to cause pain when trod on, sat on or while tidying kid’s stuff, but it’s a fantastic learning tool and seemingly more popular than ever.

In the Towers of Tomorrow exhibition featuring significant current world towers now at the National Museum of Australia –though interestingly they’re towers very much of today - it is astounding to see what a misspent youth fiddling with Lego can produce. It is an exhibition for the kids to get lost in the creative process with masses of Lego to play with and for the parents and grandparents to marvel at the biggest and best of the world’s most amazing towers created from those annoying little bricks.

 The man who reckons he’s got the best job in the world, Australian Ryan McNaught, is a genuine certified Lego professional and his creations are extraordinary with 20 towers built in a 1:200 scale, planned and constructed for this travelling exhibition..

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is among them, as is Taipei’s 101, which looks uncannily like a sequence of Chinese takeaway containers stuck tidily on top of each other and glowing with a jade tone achieved with clever lighting and the impressive Petronas twin towers in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia apparently built upside down to achieve the required look.

If you hate heights, and would never venture past the lower levels of any tall tower, this is the way to see the design detail and admire the engineering  from a sensible perspective and hope they don’t sell packages of bricks to build a copy of any of these masterpieces as the Burj Khalifa needs more than 48,000 bricks.  

Lego is a world- wide phenomenon, and the biggest tourist destination in Denmark is Legoland Billund Resort built next to the original Lego factory. I’ve been there and loved it. It’s neat and tidy, not a stray brick in sight and a marvel of creativity and ingenuity.

For the official opening the Ambassador of Denmark, Borge Petersen put his stamp of approval on this current exhibition and a lucky bunch of school children from the School of Distance Learning in Longreach on their ‘trip to Canberra’ were in the right place at the right time to be let loose among the 200,000 bricks travelling with the show for them to play and create with.

The exhibition continues at the NMA and because it’s perfect for kids to take time to become creative the museum has timed sessions. You can book online at www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions