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London – Lego: Art of the Brick

Lego is one of those favourite childhood toys that we all remember playing with as a youngster. Couple that nostalgia with DC’s biggest superheroes and you’ve got yourself a show. In this last edition of my novelty themed visits, I found myself at the latest Lego exhibition, Art of the Brick – DC Superheroes on London’s South Bank.

Batman and Joker

Now the comic-book covered tent may not look as big as its permanent surrounding residents, but don’t let that sway you from taking a look inside. Inside the darkened entrance space, you are invited to have a photo taken next to a seated lego figure of DC’s Joker, a feature that I loved and took full advantage of. Following this, you are free to explore at your own pace.

Exhibition superheroes

The exhibition is the design creation of artist, Nathan Sawaya, the same man who brought us the original Art of the Brick in 2014. Sawaya guides you through the stories of each DC character on display with some truly inventive pieces and extra facts about the construction of the lego exhibits. Each section of the exhibition I found bigger and more elaborate than the last with well-placed models everywhere you look and a separate theme for each separate room.

Among the over 120 pieces displayed, the amount of full-size characters on show is super impressive and many favourites are showcased including Batman, Harley Quinn and the Green Lantern. Vehicles and accessories also add to the mix with the grand finale of a full-size Batmobile built from 500,000 lego pieces topping off this visually stunning exhibition.

Justice league

Following this you can get creative yourself in the interactive zone and buy a souvenir in the neighbouring store. The whole tour is easily accessible at ground level. Timewise, I easily spent an enjoyable hour pootling around, so for Lego fans and younger visitors I would allow extra time for the walk round and to spend in the interactive zone at the end. This exhibition will appeal to most in some way with even the less superhero inclined being able to appreciate the the thought and creativity used to bring this constructive show together. Tickets do need to be booked in advance and can be found at www.aotbdc.co.uk.

Get yours now and prepare to be stunned and surprised by some of our most recognisable DC superheroes and villains, seen in a whole new lego way. Art of the Brick – DC Superheroes is showing on the South Bank from 1st March-3rd September 2017.

 

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