Sheffield to become Bricktropolis this summerPosted by: Ashley Birch
Brick Architecture models and bricks
Sheffield BID plans to transform the city-centre with LEGO this summer
Sheffield city-centre will become a LEGO® fans paradise this summer as Sheffield Business Improvement District turns our streets into a Bricktropolis.
From 4 – 7 August 20 world landmark models, plus a custom model of one of Sheffield’s City Hall will be displayed across the city-centre creating the Sheffield Bricktropolis Trail – Think the elephant trail but with LEGO!
A diverse display of monuments, capital buildings and skyscrapers will be hosted by venues around the city, which families will be able to explore using the Sheffield Bricktropolis trail map and app.
Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID Manager, said: “Sheffield Bricktropolis is an opportunity for Sheffield to come together and celebrate everyone’s favourite childhood bricks. From little ones to big kids, Sheffield Bricktropolis will have something for all fans of LEGO.”
The models are all part of a Brick Architecture display specifically designed by Duncan Titmarsh of Bright Bricks, the only accredited LEGO-builder in the UK and the custom-made model of Sheffield’s City Hall is being created by LEGO brick building expert and Sheffielder Micheal LeCount. The model will be on display as part of the trail.
The event will also feature a Building Zone, featuring competitions to see who can build the fastest car, tallest tower and best robot from LEGO bricks. Those who like a challenge can attend the Earthquake! session and attempt to build a house from LEGO bricks that can withstand earthquake conditions.
“We hope families take advantage of this free event and explore Sheffield city centre as they visit each world landmark on the trail, including Sheffield’s own City Hall,” says Diane Jarvis: “The Interactive Building Zone will transform an empty unit into a place for play, creativity and education. With workshops free for all, we hope to ignite imaginations across Sheffield.”
As well as the building zoine sessions, across the city, a programme of Sheffield Bricktropolis fringe events will be taking place. Businesses across the city centre are putting together Bricks and Beer events, LEGO film screenings, special LEGO-themed products and more.
Details on all these events, the trail and the interactive zone are to be announced soon. In the meantime, people can keep up with the very latest Sheffield Bricktropolis news, register for workshops and view trail maps here. Search #SheffieldBricktropolis on Twitter and Instagram, or join the Facebook event for updates.