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24 November 2017

Explore the world through the wonder of LEGO at Fort George

'Brick City' exhibition on display until Wednesday 10th January explores the world with scenes from Venice, Paris and more

man uses phone to take a picture of large lego model of a red building with a clock tower

Visitors to Fort George will now have the opportunity to explore the canals of Venice, take a stroll past Parisian cafés and even visit the Rio carnival – all through the magic of LEGO!

LEGO artist Warren Elsmore's popular touring exhibition Brick City has now opened at the Highland fortress, which is managed by Historic Environment Scotland (HES). Brick City, which has toured across the UK since 2013, is a celebration of iconic landmarks from cities around the world, painstakingly recreated by Warren and his team.

Speaking ahead of the exhibition, Warren Elsmore said: “We’re all very excited here to be bringing Brick City to Inverness and in particular, Fort George.

It’s the first time that we’ve exhibited in an active fort and we’re fairly sure this will be the first time Fort George has seen an exhibition of LEGO models too! Hopefully visitors to both the Fort and the exhibition will enjoy a short diversion around the world – in LEGO bricks!”

Some of the iconic Scottish buildings on display include a row of Edinburgh’s Georgian townhouses and 18th century Edinburgh tenements, as well as miniature versions of the Forth Bridge and Mons Meg, the famous cannon situated at Edinburgh Castle.

Audrey Jones, Themed Year Liaison Manager at HES, said: “We’re delighted that Fort George will be hosting this special exhibition, as our Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology celebrations come to a close.

“Seeing these iconic historic buildings recreated in LEGO really does capture the imagination and I hope that visitors will take the opportunity to come and see these spectacular models - it’s the perfect family day out in the run up to Christmas!”

The exhibition will be on display in the Grand Magazine Education Centre at Fort George until Wednesday 10th January daily from 10am to 4pm. Entry to the exhibition is included in the normal admission price.

For more information about LEGO artist Warren Elsmore, visit warrenelsmore.com.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology (HHA), a year that will celebrate Scotland’s people, our distinct culture and traditions, our historic landscapes, attractions and icons as well as our hidden gems and amazing stories. From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, 2017 is the year to explore Scotland’s fascinating past. This is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland and a variety of partners.

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Claire Mullaney
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
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