To become a Certified LEGO Professional is by no means an easy task, considering there are only 12 people in the world that hold such a title. One such professional; Melburnian Ryan McNaught, aka "The Brick Man", skyrocketed to LEGO fame to become the only Certified LEGO Professional in the southern hemisphere.
If you would like to see what it takes to become a real-life "MasterBuilder", Ryan McNaught launched his first ever LEGO exhibition on home soil yesterday. The Brick Man Experience displays over 5 million LEGO bricks that make up some of Ryan McNaught's best and most creative works.
Ryan McNaught's 4m long “Elvis” Erikson Aircrane Helicopter
The two-week Brick Man Experience exhibition slots in with the Easter school holidays, with more than 50 LEGO creations taking over Crown's Exhibition Hall.
One of the first sights upon entry into Brick Man Experience, enveloped by a starry night wall, is one of Ryan's newest assembled creations; a stunning giant LEGO flower, previously unveiled at the 2015 Ballarat Begonia Festival, which took more than 400 hours to complete.
Giant LEGO flower, previously unveiled at the 2015 Ballarat Begonia Festival
Next the eye travels to Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House in model form, made out of 75,000 LEGO bricks, followed by Ryan's awe-inspiring Colosseum replica in all its brick-constructed glory.
Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House in LEGO
Following that, visitors will get to enjoy every tiny detail and see inside Ryan's famous 250,000 Brick LEGO “Love Boat”, and check out the enormity of his 4m long “Elvis” Erikson Aircrane Helicopter.
Ryan's famous 250,000 Brick LEGO “Love Boat”
Along the way, visitors of all ages will admire an array of other assembled masterpieces, from mosaic artworks, brickwork vehicles to animals and characters from The Lego Movie.
LEGO Hot Air Balloon
Additionally, the Brick Man Experience sees models displayed from other global LEGO Certified professionals, all based on the theme of "Transport" from their respective countries.
Other Global LEGO Certified Professional's Transport Models
If you fear your children will bore from being told to "look but don't touch", there is ample opportunity for kids to get their hands into some masterbuilder work. Children can have a go at some creative model making, with an opportunity to enter their piece into a social media competition, otherwise they can contribute a LEGO square into the "Mystery Mosaic".
Contribute to the LEGO Mystery Mosaic
Mini Masterbuilders at Work
Other fun stuff includes dress-up green screen photo opportunities, and a chance to be snapped alongside a life-size like LEGO built Emmet and Wildstyle from The Lego Movie.
Ask a child what they might want to be when they grow up, and their reply may echo that of many; a policeman, a fire fighter, a teacher, a nurse or a famous spots star. After a visit to this season's Brick Man Experience exhibition, don't be surprised if your child has been inspired to change his or her aspirations to become a Certified LEGO Professional; Ryan McNaught has proved it is possible.
What: Brick Man Experience
Venue: Crown Conference Centre, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
Dates: 31 March - 12 April 2015 (see session times online)
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