Towers of Tomorrow at Science Museum of Minnesota
Photo by James Horan for Sydney Living Museums
Whether you followed an instruction manual to build a brick masterpiece, crafted your own custom creation or stepped on one—an act so painful I’m guessing it rivals childbirth—LEGOs have made their way into the lives of most. I can remember collecting most of the ninja set growing up and playing with them in my room for hours every day after school. But my creations didn’t even come close to what’s going on at the Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
From now until Sept. 3, the traveling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums will be displaying 20 of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers on a 1:200 scale from around the United States, Australia, Asia, Canada and United Arab Emirates. This expertly crafted collection uses more than 577,000 bricks and took nearly six months of constant construction to create. The mastermind behind all these marvels? Australia’s Ryan McNaught, one of only 14 certified LEGO professionals in the world. That’s right, that’s a thing.
But what skyscrapers made the cut, you ask? Visitors will find Toronto’s CN Tower, Taiwan’s Taipei 101, China’s Shanghai Tower, the Gold Coast’s Q1 building and more, all with eye-popping detail. As an added bonus, artist Ryan Cook will treat visitors to a local treat in the form of a modeled U.S. Bank Stadium constructed using 25,000 bricks.
According to Chady AlAhmar, head of strategy and business development for U.S.Bank Wealth Management and board member of the Minnesota Science Museum, “At U.S. Bank, we believe in the power of play. Our corporate giving and engagement platform Community Possible focuses on the areas of Work, Home and Play. We believe Play brings joy, stimulates creativity and innovation, helps with problem-solving, and builds relationships. We can’t think of a better example of Play than the ‘Towers of Tomorrow' exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota. It is partnerships like this one that show our commitment to diverse community members with different backgrounds and interests.”
In addition to this collection of impressive models, visitors can also put their own architectural ingenuity to the test in the hands-on portion of the exhibit, complete with 200,000 loose LEGO bricks. And once they’ve placed the final brick, they can add it to the growing compilation of creations inside the exhibition.
Admission to Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks is included in Science Museum exhibit gallery admission ($18.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors).
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