A 10-year-old boy from Worksop has been chosen as the winner of the ‘Big Brick Off’, hosted at The Harley Gallery.
Youngster Tom Hardy impressed Warren Elsmore, creator of Brick City, with his model of Humber Bridge, now on show at the gallery, at Welbeck, until the close of the exhibition on January 10 2016.
Warren said: “There were some really great submissions.
“It was a very difficult choice to make in the end - they are all really great. However, if there has to be a single winner then my personal favourite is from Thomas Hardy - The Humber Bridge. Suspension bridges are very difficult in LEGO and I think he’s really got the spirit of this one.”
Tom will now receive £150 gift voucher for the gallery shop, stocked full of lots of Lego inspired goodies.
“I am really pleased to have won the competition,” Tom said.
“I was surprised to win because there were so many excellent models on show.
He added: “When I made the model I built the two towers first, the hardest part was getting the road to meet in the middle because it is not fixed to the ropes. I didn’t have all of the right bricks for my idea so I had to go to the Lego shop to buy some more joiners and the special green bricks to make it look like ropes. I didn’t have enough white bricks either so I used different colours but hid them inside the towers. It took me ages to build it because I had to find all the right colour bricks.
“It is the biggest and best model I have ever made so far.”
Warren also picked out the model of the Titanic, which took 10-year-old Dylan Peacock, also rom Worksop, all day to build, for another special commendation. Both model builders will receive a goody bag.
A special commendation was awarded to James Hirst, aged seven, from Chesterfield, whose model ‘Popping for Air’ showed a deadly sea monster with colourful scales, sharp spikes and ferocious fangs popping up to the surface of the sea for some air.
There’s still time to visit Brick City as the exhibition of more than 50 of the world’s most famous landmarks is free to enter and runs until January 10 2016.
For more information, visit www.harleygallery.co.uk.