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Warren Elsmore's Brick Wonders at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

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Dozens of buildings and structures made with Lego bricks
The Midlands is currently experiencing a construction boom with new offices, houses and apartment blocks springing up in and around the region's towns and cities.

It is fitting, therefore, that Wolverhampton will be hosting a major building exhibition from spring 2017. The twist is that every building in the show will be made of small plastic bricks.

Warren Elsmore's Brick Wonders, Lego, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Exhibitions
Bricking it: Old London Bridge made with Lego bricks

Warren Elsmore's Brick Wonders takes over three galleries at Wolverhampton Art Gallery from April 7 till July 5, with more than 70 awe-inspiring models made from Lego on display.

Under the theme of natural, ancient and modern, Warren, a full-time Lego artist and author since 2012, has used thousands of Lego bricks to create landmarks like the Great Wall of China, Niagra Falls and the Great Pyramid of Giza, as well as a modern surgical operating theatre, container ships and a hi-tech airport.

Warren Elsmore's Brick Wonders, Lego, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Exhibitions
Modern wonder: Hi-tech airport

To celebrate the launch of the exhibition the Lichfield Street gallery is organising a day of family workshops called the Brick Wonders of Wolverhampton.

Visitors to the gallery on April 8 can create their own iconic Wolverhampton buildings or dress up as a Lego character and have their face painted. Five different Brick Wonders workshops are being held for anyone to drop in and enjoy, from Bricktastic City, Mayhem Play-den, Superhero Dress-up, to face painting and the Brick-wonder gallery. Adults can escape in a grown-up Lego Lounge.

Warren Elsmore's Brick Wonders, Lego, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Exhibitions
Hard work: Constructing the Great Pyramid of Giza

Tickets for the exhibition cost 4 adults, 2 children or 10 for a family of four. For those who want to return for a second or third look there is a special season ticket which is 6 adults, 3 children and 15 for a family ticket allowing three visits to Brick Wonders.

The Brick Wonders of Wolverhampton workshops on April 8 run from 11am to 3pm and cost 5 per child. There is a maximum capacity of 20 children and adults at a time.

Warren Elsmore's Brick Wonders, Lego, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Exhibitions
Detail: Old London Bridge

Councillor John Reynolds, Wolverhampton cabinet member for City Economy, says: ''Lego is the staple toy of childhood and it doesn't matter how old or young you are you can be as creative as you like with it. This exhibition proves just how far you can go with a bit of imagination and a lot of Lego. I'm sure it is going to be a very popular show."
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Why? The perfect destination for Lego lovers
When: April 7 - July 5, 2017
Phone: 01902 552055
Where: Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield St, WV1 1DU
Cost: 4 adults, 2 children, 10 for a family of four
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