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19 August 2021

Life announces winner of Brick Legends Contest

An incredible model of the Swing Bridge created by Nathaniel Fitch, age 11 from Gosforth has been named the winner of Life’s Brick Legends Contest.


The contest challenged LEGO® fans to build models of iconic North East people, places or things to be in with a chance of winning a one-on-one building workshop in the studio of renowned local LEGO® artist Steve Mayes, whose work is currently on display at Life.


Steve, alongside Life Science Centre Maker, Isabella Smith, judged the finalists and chose Nathaniel’s model as they were impressed with its realistic likeness to the real bridge and the level of detail, including tiny model cars and lampposts. Nathaniel saw off stiff competition in the form of; Penshaw Monument by Harry Wood, 7, from Washington, The Turbinia by James Crozier, 17, from Newcastle, a red squirrel by Arthur Roberts, 9, from County Durham and a Greggs storefront by Margaret Roberts, 12, also from County Durham.  


Steve said, “The standard of the entries we’ve received has been excellent. I’ve loved seeing everyone’s creations here today.


“We felt Nathaniel’s model was the best in terms of detail, thought and planning.


“I can’t wait to see what we can build together when they visit my studio for our workshop.”


The competition was inspired by some of the incredible LEGO® creations on display at Life throughout the summer holidays, including Steve’s detailed models of Stephenson’s Rocket locomotive and the Metro – both synonymous with the North East. Life is also exhibiting a collection of models from LEGO® artist Warren Elsmore, with an incredible four-metre-long airport landing.


Isabella Smith, Life’s Lead Maker said: “We’ve been so impressed by the standard of entries in the competition. Huge congratulations to Nathaniel on his winning submission.


“Creativity and imagination play a vital role in science and engineering and we hope the competition has inspired lots of people to have a go at building something special.”


Alongside the LEGO® creations, there are many activities and exhibits to see across the centre. For more creative fun, families can build a wind-powered toy of their own design or explore a world of ingenious inventions with a live science show that is full of bangs and explosions.


The amazing Space Zone, complete with a recreation of part of the International Space Station, is an out-of-this-world experience.


There’s still lots to keep the youngest members of the family entertained, including the planetarium show Naughty Monsters in the Sky and pop-up play areas around the centre.


Start planning your visit to Life this summer here


LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this exhibition.

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