The Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) division of the National Heritage Board has premiered Building History: Monuments in Bricks and Blocks, a free;travelling exhibition featuring eight of Singapore’s National Monuments. As part of efforts to raise awareness of heritage in Singapore, the exhibition features the models of eight National Monuments, built with Lego, because who isn’t a sucker for intense toy brickwork?
The detail presented is intricate and breathtaking, capturing elements you’d not normally expect from miniatures – down to seats, stained glass windows, and minarets. The largest model presented is that of Sultan Mosque, which weighs a whopping 40 kilograms. The tallest model is a towering (or not) 1.1 metres tall.
In total, the exhibition holds a magnanimous 110,000 toy bricks and 7 months worth of construction work that aide in demonstrating the diversity of the architectural styles that are present in Singapore.
Here are some of eight Monuments that you can expect to be blown away by:
Thian Hock Heng Temple
St. Andrew’s Cathedral
Central Fire Station
Former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
Jurong Town Hall
And now for what you’ve been waiting for, a chance at winning a humongous Lego Hulkbuster set. To try your luck at winning the first prize of the “How Many Bricks?” social media contest, all you have to do is guess the number of bricks used to build the largest model of this exhibition, the Sultan Mosque.
Upload a photo of the model with your guess on your personal Facebook or Instagram account with the hashtags #BuildingHistorySG and #librarysg to participate. There are 13 prizes to be won in total. Contest ends 30 June 2018.
Here’s a little hint: a single dome at the top of this Sultan Mosque model consists of over 1,000 pieces.
The exhibition also features replicas of the National Museum of Singapore and Nanyang University Library.
It’s likely the exhibition will come to a library near you soon.
Open every day from 10 am to 9 pm (except public holidays), the free exhibition will be at the National Library Building till 30 Jun 2018. It will then visit the Marine Parade, Ang Mo Kio, Sengkang and Choa Chu Kang Public libraries, as well as the Jurong and Tampines Regional libraries, till 30 Dec 2018.