Sunday 13 October 2019

Great Brick Safari created with 80 life-size Lego animal sculptures

Lego pandas, one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Lego pandas, one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A person passes a Lego gorilla, one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3 Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Emma Allen puts the finishing touches to one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3 Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Emma Allen puts the finishing touches to one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3 Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A kangaroo with joey, one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A gorilla, one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A Lego Venus flytrap, one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A lady photographs a tiger, one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A penguin, one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A penguin, one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Emma Allen puts the finishing touches to one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Ted Hennessey

Eighty life-size Lego animal sculptures have been created to inhabit a collection called the Great Brick Safari.

The centrepiece of the safari at RHS Garden Wisley in Woking, an African elephant nicknamed Earl Grey, stands at just over 8ft tall and is made from 271,739 bricks.

The entire collection for the show, which runs from January 26 to March 3, consists of 1,023,839 bricks of Lego, weighing 5,365kg, and took 7,564 hours to complete, which equates to 273 days.

A team of 65 people from Bright Brick, a Lego builder company, created the model animals, which will be found nestled among a lush display of exotic plants within a cathedral-like glasshouse.

Emma Allen puts the finishing touches to one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Emma Allen puts the finishing touches to one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Emma Allen puts the finishing touches to one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3.Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Emma Allen puts the finishing touches to one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3.Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A monkey, one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A warthog, one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A Lego plant, one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Emma Allen puts the finishing touches to one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3.Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A lion and cub, one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Emma Allen puts the finishing touches to one of 40 Lego sculptures going on display as part of the Great Brick Safari in the glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, which runs from January 26 to March 3. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Great Brick Safari includes more than 80 models, including a lion, hyenas, and a rearing Bengal tiger.

It will also include an array of dioramas focusing on butterflies, moths and other insect life, as well as interactive games and competitions on social media.

The models were transported in bespoke wooden crates and built in-house by the carpentry workshop.

Ten Lego plants, including a Venus flytrap, a golden barrel cactus, a bird of paradise and water lilies, have also been created by another builder company, The Brick Guys.

Nate Dias, who was involved in the project, said: "There were a few challenges for us along the way; it's not easy to make angular plastic bricks look like natural objects.

"Also, we had to make our Amazonica water lily float!"

Mr Dias and his partner Steve Guinness were the first winners of Channel 4's Lego Masters.

He went on: "After pencil sketches, we drew some ideas on grid paper to get a better idea of how they might look in Lego. We made choices on what colours to use from the Lego colour palette. We then ordered lots of bricks, and got to work.

"The plants took around two months for two people to complete. They consist of around 40,000 bricks between all of the models."

A Lego brick-making workshop will be held at the garden from February 16-24 to teach children the basics of building to enable them to forge their own creations.

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