Lego expert wants to replicate Edinburgh’s landmarks

Warren Elsmore prepares a Lego model of the Old London Bridge. Picture: Newsteam/SWNS
Warren Elsmore prepares a Lego model of the Old London Bridge. Picture: Newsteam/SWNS
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HE HAS recreated some of the world’s most famous landmarks – using thousands of pieces of LEGO.

Warren Elsmore, from the West End, has painstakingly built models of well-known sites such as the Great Wall of China, the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls with the colourful bricks.

The Lego expert, 38, has also made the Forth Road Bridge, Mons Meg and various tenement buildings from the tiny pieces, and hopes to recreate more of Edinburgh’s iconic landmarks in the future.

The former IT consultant, who started playing with Lego when he was just two years old, turned his hobby into a full-time career after he was commissioned to build a Lego model for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Warren said: “There aren’t really any limits with Lego, apart from imagination and time.

“I wanted to do something really different and decided to go back in time and look at the history of the world.

“I wanted to create the trip around the world that you’ve always wanted to do, but have never had the chance to.

“The whole point is to put a smile on people’s faces and maybe inspire them to go home and build something themselves.

“As a kid, all I ever got every Christmas and every birthday was a Lego set.

“I loved it because you can just build whatever you want.”

Each model Warren builds is made from around 3000 individual bricks and takes up to a week to complete.

He currently works with three other Lego artists in Dalkeith, to design and build the incredible creations, which are worth up to £4000 each when complete.

Other masterpieces Warren has managed to recreate from Lego are the London Bridge, the Hoover Dam and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which include the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Temple of Artemis. Warren said: “Sometimes we sketch out the designs first but sometimes we dig out a pile of bricks and just start building.

“We work out what the most recognisable part of each landmark is and then create that. So with the Great Wall of China you only need a small section of the wall for people to know what it is. We don’t use any specialist pieces.

“Every piece we use is a standard Lego piece that you can get in the shop. There’s a good 15,000 types of bricks that have been on sale over the past 50 years.

“We have about four million bricks in our warehouse altogether.

“In the past, I have considered trying to recreate Edinburgh Castle, but it is quite a tricky one because the front of the Castle is easily recognised but the back isn’t.”

Warren has written a book called Brick Wonders, which features all the new models and instructions on how to build them.

His work is being exhibited at BRICK 2015, a celebration of all things Lego, which is running at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) until tomorrow.

Warren said: “I love living in Edinburgh and I am hoping to create more of the city’s landmarks. I’m always open to suggestions.”