CHARLOTTE – Discovery Place Science is building up to a summer of innovation when 20 scale models of the world’s most astonishing skyscrapers – from the Empire State Building to Shanghai Tower – move into the museum.
“Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks,” a traveling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums in Australia, arrives June 1.
Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught built the towers out of LEGO bricks on a scale of 1:200. It took more than half a million LEGO bricks (and more than 2,400 hours) to build the exhibition.
“Creating two- to four-meter high versions of these iconic buildings was an incredible challenge, pushing the almost limitless possibilities of LEGO,” McNaught said. “The results should amaze and inspire visitors of all ages.”
In addition to admiring the skyscrapers, visitors will have the opportunity to build their own towers from over 200,000 loose LEGO bricks located in hands-on construction areas of the exhibition.
“We want visitors to see these amazing towers and be inspired by the craftsmanship of each model as well as the building itself,” said Catherine Wilson Horne, Discovery Place president and CEO. “This is a chance for them to create their own vision of the future and gain a better understanding of how we can build that future together.”
Opening day on June 1 will include a series of design and building-related challenges to tap one’s inner engineer. Experiences include a community coral build, make your own tower hat, hourly building challenges, a game show and a shake table competition. Other activities will engage visitors throughout the exhibit, which closes Sept. 2.
Tickets cost $22 for adults, $20 for seniors ages 60-plus and $18 for children ages 2 to 13. The museum is at 301 N. Tryon St.
Visit www.discoveryplacescience.org for details.