Monday, August 13, 2012

LEGO Olympic Park delights at Denmark House

Fans who had missed out on London 2012 tickets this past fortnight have been able to get closer to the action with a miniature LEGO version of the Olympic Park at St Katherine Docks.
Made with 250,000 bricks, the astonishing LEGO park took 300 hours to build over a three-week period prior to the Games.
The intricate model was made by LEGO brickmeister Warren Elsmore and is on display at the Imagination Denmark house at St Katherine Dock, just east of the iconic Tower Bridge.

Another view of the 'Olympic Park'
All permanent and temporary stadiums and arenas of the Olympic Park – as well as the parklands of trees and wildflowers, and the eye-catching Orbit sculpture – have been stunningly recreated in the model.
Hanging above the stadium alongside a helicopter, there were even two parachuting LEGO figures – one in pink and one in a black tuxedo – representing the Queen and James Bond performing their hilarious cameo at the opening ceremony.

HM The Queen and 007 join the party
Born in Denmark in 1949, LEGO is one of Denmark's biggest exports and took centre-stage at Denmark House at St Katherine Docks: there was also a 12-foot high functioning LEGO prototype of a windmill representing Copenhagen's green credentials and a LEGO recreation of the famous Skagen painting, 'Hip, Hip, Hurrah!' by Peder Severin Kroyer.
Other attractions at the Visit Denmark showcase included a Danish design cottage, Danish cooking demonstrations, food, jewellery and fashion stalls, live Danish music, a bar and hot-dog stand and a 60ft restored Viking ship docked in the marina area.
A giant screen was showing all the live Olympic action throughout the Games – while the famous Olympic rings hanging from Tower Bridge could be seen through a crack in the nearby buildings.
LEGO aficionados will be pleased to hear that the replica Olympic Park will be preserved for posterity after the Games – although it has yet to be decided where the model's future home will be.

LEGO park took 300 hours to build - image courtesy of Warren Elsmore

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