Tyne & Wear

Lego landmarks exhibition opens in Northumberland

Artist Warren Elsmore puts the final touches on the Angel of the North Image copyright Warren Elsmore/Woodhorn
Image caption Warren Elsmore worked as an IT consultant before turning his love of Lego into a career about six years ago

An exhibition of global and local landmarks made from Lego has opened in Northumberland.

Artist Warren Elsmore has used the plastic bricks to recreate landmarks including the pyramids at Giza, St Pancras station, the Angel of the North and the Woodhorn Museum in Ashington, which is displaying his creations.

Image copyright Warren Elsmore/Woodhorn

Hundreds of thousands of Lego bricks have been used to build the dozens of models in the exhibition.

Image copyright Warren Elsmore/Woodhorn

The artist has been commissioned to build sculptures from Lego and has written books about his creations.

Image copyright Warren Elsmore/Woodhorn

Mr Elsmore, who made a model of old London Bridge, said: "I liked playing with a Lego as a kid, I grew up and realised I could still play with Lego, why not?"

Image copyright Warren Elsmore/Woodhorn

He said building the likes of the Great Wall of China was more fun than his his previous job.

"I did like my old IT career but you can't beat building with Lego," he said.

Image copyright Warren Elsmore/Woodhorn

Mr Elsmore has recreated local landmarks including the Tyne Bridge, Bamburgh Castle and the Angel of the North. These sit alongside previous creations such as Moscow's Friendship of Nations Foundation and the welcome to Las Vegas sign.

Image copyright Warren Elsmore/Woodhorn

His model of St Pancras is made of more than 120,000 bricks and took two years to build. It even features working trains running from six platforms.

Image copyright Warren Elsmore/Woodhorn

The Brick Planet exhibition opened earlier and will be at the museum until the end of May.

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