Kids create local landmarks in Lego competition

Lego enthusiasts will soon be able to see the local creations in Derry & Strabane.
Lego enthusiasts will soon be able to see the local creations in Derry & Strabane.

Lego versions of famous Derry landmarks including the Peace Bridge, Brandywell Stadium and Hands Across The Divide sculpture have been recreated by local young people for a high profile competition.

Derry City & Strabane District Council’s Brick Wonders Competition also involves Lego fans making representations of Lisahally Port, Harland and Wolfe, the Strabane Pedestrian Bridge, and the Turf Man in Magherafelt.

We were delighted with the level of interest shown in the competition and at the wealth of talent and imagination that is out there.

Elsa Edwards, legacy officer, Derry City and Strabane District Council

The competition has been organised ahead of the arrival of the forthcoming Brick Wonders exhibition.

Young people and older Lego enthusiasts from across the island of Ireland have been to submit their own Wonder Lego Model and be in with a chance of their creation being included in the Lego Trail.

Over 140 participants took part in the competition, and while the majority of entries were from Derry and Strabane, there were entries from as further afield including Carlow, Belfast and Omagh and a very strong representation from Donegal.

Elsa Edwards, legacy officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, said all the entries were of a very high standard and judging was going to be difficult.

She said: “We were delighted with the level of interest shown in the competition and at the wealth of talent and imagination that is out there. A lot of creative work has gone into the entries and we are delighted that young people were inspired by their local environment and community to come up with their designs.

“It is great to see iconic places such as the Peace Bridge and the Hands across the Divide being featured.”

Judging for the competition is taking place next week with details of the winners and the Lego Trail expected later in the week.

The Brick Wonders Exhibition is currently exhibiting in Rome and will be arriving in Derry next week for a 12 week exhibit at the Nerve Centre, Magazine Street.

This is the first time Brick Wonders has been in Ireland and the exhibition is expected to be a huge draw for families as well as LEGO enthusiasts, particularly over the mid-term break and Easter holidays.

The exhibition will run from February 6 to May 2, 2016 at the Nerve Centre, and will feature over 70 Lego models and exhibition covers of the Wonders of the World featuring not only the Seven Wonders of the World but a range of ancient, modern and historic exhibits.

Tickets for the Brick Wonders exhibition are currently on sale via the Nerve Centre box office on 028 71 260 562 and www.nervecentre.org.

Prices: Under 2yrs Free; Child (2-16yrs) £4; Adult (16+) £5; Family (1 Adult + 3 Children) £15; Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £15. A £1.50 booking fee will apply. Group bookings (15+) can be made via Nerve Centre at the number above.

School bookings can be made through Derry City and Strabane District Council, contact Elsa Edwards on Tel: 02871253253 or Email: elsa.edwards@derrystrabane.com.

Each slot is 90 minutes and full details on opening times etc available online at: www.nervecentre.org.