Warren Elsmore Recreates Napier's Art Deco Charm in Lego

Warren Elsmore, a certified Lego professional, built a 1500-piece Lego model of Napier, New Zealand's iconic Art Deco buildings. The model, part of the Brick City exhibition, will tour internationally after its 18-month run at the National Building Museum in Washington DC.

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Warren Elsmore Recreates Napier's Art Deco Charm in Lego

Warren Elsmore Recreates Napier's Art Deco Charm in Lego

Warren Elsmore, a certified Lego professional, has captured the unique Art Deco style of Napier, New Zealand in a stunning 1500-piece Lego model. The creation, which took 45 hours to build, features nearly identical representations of the city's iconic Harston's, Ringlands', and Barry Bros Ltd buildings, all rebuilt following the devastating 1931 Hawke's Bay Earthquake.

The model, which includes the distinctive Brazen Head pub, is part of Elsmore'sBrick City exhibitioncurrently on display at the National Building Museum in Washington DC."We realised that Australasia was very under-represented in the exhibition. We looked at a variety of possibilities from New Zealand but decided on Napier because of its Art Deco style,"Elsmore explained.

Despite not having seen the buildings in person since his 2006 honeymoon, Elsmore relied onGoogle Street Viewand image references to meticulously recreate Napier's architectural gems. "When building our model, we wanted to capture a general Art Deco feel rather than any one building,"he noted. The model also features a unique addition - a tour bus, which Elsmore included to highlight its distinctiveness.

The Napier model is set to tour as part of theBrick City exhibitionfor the foreseeable future, with its 18-month run at the National Building Museum serving as a launching point for an international tour. Elsmore, who has 12 years of experience as a Lego professional, is open to bringing another one of his exhibits to New Zealand and encourages stakeholders to get in touch.

While there are currently no plans to create additional Lego models of Napier landmarks, Elsmore remains open to the idea. "It can sometimes feel good to have a model of something that has since changed or moved. It can represent a specific point in time and immortalise a place in some way,"he reflected. The 1500-piece Lego tribute to Napier'sArt Deco heritagestands as a testament to the city's resilience and architectural splendor, now preserved in colorful bricks for a global audience to admire.