Palaces, churches, and towers of the world in Lego (pictures)
Warren Elsmore's book "Brick City" unpacks the meticulous process of modeling landmarks in plastic bricks.
Built by modeler Arthur Gugick, this magnificent re-creation of India's Taj Mahal graces the pages of "Brick City," a new book of landmarks made in Lego by Warren Elsmore.
The Taj is Gugick's most complex model. It required over 28,000 bricks and over four months to build. It measures 25.5 inches tall, but some of its dimensions were deliberately distorted to make it appear more accurate in a film production that commissioned it.
Created by "Brick City" author Warren Elsmore and four others, this 1:43-scale model of London's Westminster Abbey is 63 inches tall and 116 inches long. Each of the 180,000 bricks is a standard-issue Lego piece; no glue or non-Lego parts were used. It houses a congregation of about 400 minifigs.
Measuring 19.5 inches tall, this 1:650-scale model of the Eiffel Tower was built by Spencer Rezkalla. He used 4,812 bricks, including Lego Flexi-tube elements, to recreate the challenging Paris icon, largely using a process of trial and error.
Over 20 inches tall, Arthur Gugick's 1:110-scale Lego model of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow was made from more than 20,000 bricks. It was Gugick's most complex creation after the Taj Mahal and required custom software to design.
Elsmore's pièce de résistance is St. Pancras Station in London, and is the original inspiration for his book "Brick City." About 120,000 Lego pieces were used to re-imagine the Victorian masterpiece by Gothic revival architect George Gilbert Scott.
The station has six fully working platforms with Lego Eurostar trains and passengers moving in and out, as well as features such as a champagne bar. It has been shown at LegoWorld Copenhagen and numerous other Lego exhibitions.
In 2012, the Lego Group and Visit Denmark commissioned Elsmore to build a piece for the Danish Hospitality House at the London Olympic Games. The result was this elaborate model of the Olympic Stadium and Olympic Park, which were seen by 100,000 visitors, generating headlines around the world.
About 250,000 bricks went into the construction, which took 300 hours. Most of them were 1x1 pieces. Check it out in Elsmore's "Brick City" or in this video.