Over 300 hours of hard work went into creating this Lego Acropolis. Starting tomorrow, builder Ryan McNaught—AKA TheBrickMan—will be displaying his creation at Sydney's Nicholson Museum. The classical build comes complete with a minifig Oedipus stabbing his eyes out, with blood spilling over the stage.
This build is a bit tongue-in-cheek, as it features a minifig Elton John performing for modern-day tourists, a Lego Gandalf and Sigmund Freud (no doubt realizing how much Oedipus Rex reflects his inner fears and desires). With this exhibit, the Nicholson Museum is certainly pushing the envelope as far as making the Classics accessible (and appealing) to younger generations:
The Nicholson Museum, in Sydney University's quadrangle, is Australia's largest museum of antiquities and fast developing a reputation as one of the most innovative museums of its type for its integration of the ancient and contemporary world. Last year, more than 90,000 visitors viewed the Lego Colosseum, an increase of 25,000 people on the previous 12 months. Next year, the museum is planning a Lego Pompeii.
According to Senior curator of the Nicholson Museum, Michael Turner:
If we can create an extraordinary experience, an enormous LEGO model in a museum of antiquities, then it's likely that they'll never, ever forget it.
Ryan McNaught is the only Lego-certified professional in Australia (you'll remember him as the builder of this insane Lego Helicopter, that was recently destroyed by some teenage morons). As a Classicist, I love this build (anachronisms aside), there are so many fun little details from the Temple of Athena Nike to the stealing of the Elgin marbles. And as a Lego fangirl, I especially love seeing McNaught get the continued recognition he deserves. LEGO ergo sum. [Sydney Morning Herald]
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