Building Your Capital Brick by Brick

Media Release

18 July 2013

18 July 2013

Budding designers will be able to create their own capital using Lego and Duplo blocks from tomorrow at the National Capital Exhibition.

The permanent installation called, 'Brick By Brick: Build Your Own Capital' allows visitors to create a new National Capital or replicate iconic buildings in Canberra.

National Capital Authority chief executive, Mr Gary Rake said the installation is an exciting addition to the National Capital Exhibition.

'One of our roles is to inform and educate Australians about the significance of Canberra as the National Capital. The Brick By Brick exhibition is an engaging way to communicate this important message,' Mr Rake said.

'Brick by Brick is designed for people of all ages and abilities. Construction sheets are available for visitors to copy the design of some the national institutions and buildings. These range in skill level from easy, to moderate and hard.'

'The construction sheets have been specifically designed using Lego pieces children would have in their sets at home. Kids will be encouraged to take the sheets away to try the designs at home. These sheets also include fascinating facts and figures about the buildings,' he said.

Construction sheets available from tomorrow include The National Library, High Court of Australia, Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and Australian War Memorial. Additional construction sheets will be released over time.

An education resource has also been developed to link with the exhibition.

'The National Capital Exhibition receives 140,000 visitors each year, a third of which are students. We believe this new program will enhance their visit to the capital,' Mr Rake said.

Two Brick By Brick sessions will be available each day to the public. Duplo sessions will run from 10am until 11am daily, while the Lego will be available from 3pm to 5pm weekdays and 11am until 4pm on weekends.

'Brick By Brick: Build Your Own Capital' will open at midday on Friday 19 July at the National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Commonwealth Park. Entry is free.

Please note: LEGO and DUPLO are trademarks of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this exhibition.