Iconic Cathedral receives special lego makeover - The Coventry Observer

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Iconic Cathedral receives special lego makeover

Shaun Reynolds 16th Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COVENTRY Cathedral has been transformed into its own lego construction as part of the Herbert Art Gallery’s latest exhibition.

Created just in time for Heritage Open Day, the Brick Wonder exhibition saw the city’s Cathedral transformed into a 6,000-piece lego building featuring all the usual features.

Chosen due to its iconic status and popular symbol of peace and reconciliation, model builder Alastair Disley took six days to complete the masterpiece which will be on show until Sunday (January 15).

The model was revealed to the public on Saturday (September 10) – and to celebrate the occasion Alastair held a number of free talks for visitors describing his building process.

Not only does the model showcase the outside of the cathedral, but also the detailed interior.

Stand out features include the stained glass window and Graham Sutherland’s iconic tapestry.

Alastair said: “When I build a famous building, I begin with the plans and pictures.

“I look for the most iconic features and work out what bricks would best imitate them – this suggests the scale.

“Then I plan out the footprint before building.

“You have to work on two levels – thinking about the detail of each brick, while keeping an eye on the overall model to make sure that all the different parts come together just right.”

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