The University of Sydney's Nicholson Museum has gifted the Acropolis Museum with a Lego Acropolis, created by Ryan McNaught.
McNaught is the only certified Lego professional south of the equator! The Lego structure holds more than 120,000 pieces and took approximately 300 hours to form. The Acropolis replica includes the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion temple and the Propylaea gateway. It also features ancient and modern scenes in a comical way. An Elton John Lego figurine plays the piano in the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.
The Lego Acropolis brought over 100,000 visitors to the Nicholson Museum since its unveiling one year ago. The Museum's Senior Curator Michael Turner described that the Acropolis Museum emailed him out of the blue, inquiring if they could feature the model to gain younger art enthusiasts. He states, "This could only happen in my wildest dreams...After a largely sleepless night, I got back to the museum and said no, they couldn't borrow it ... we'd give it to them", as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald.
The curator joked, "The British Museum refuses to return the Parthenon Marbles; the Nicholson Museum and University of Sydney donates a whole Acropolis!" Turner jokes. "Of all the museums in the world I would like to see the Lego Acropolis end up in, this is without a doubt the one and only". The Lego Acropolis is set to arrive this week at the Acropolis Museum.