Lego Waterfront Returns

For most adults, the sight of Lego brings back fond childhood memories of rummaging through boxes and bins of brightly coloured plastic parts. For others, such as Owen Grace, a member of the Nova Scotia Lego User Group (Novalug), the attraction to Lego has never gone away.

You can see for yourself at theMaritime Museum of the Atlantic, starting today, City by the Sea, Novalug’s scale Lego model of the Halifax waterfront returns to the museum for the third time.

“We have never done a show this long or this size,” said Grace. Novalug has appeared at hobby shows for the last several years, including one held at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in the summer of 2005 and again last Christmas. “Once the museum saw what we had and how taken the patrons were, they decided to ask us to come back …and asked us to do a much larger display,” said Grace.

Grace said it takes 16 to 18 hours to set up the display. The layout changes slightly day to day. The initial setup covers major details, such as trains, track and buildings. Minor details, such as the installation of lamp posts, telephone poles and vehicles will be ongoing for the show’s two-month run.

“Whenever someone from Novalug will be there, things will be moved around,” Grace said. Novalug has also prepared what Grace called “Can You Find …” sheets. These encourage viewers to look for specific details in the display. Grace said there will be multiple levels of difficulty: easy, medium, difficult and hard.

“Because people return more than once, we like to change things around as well,” he said.

“There are several brand new items this year that we didn’t have last year,” said Grace. Among the new buildings appearing for the time are a Ferris wheel, a town hall and a replica of the clock on Citadel Hill, as well as the Macdonald bridge.

When Grace and Novalug’s other members set up their first display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic a few years ago, they were surprised by the response.

“We were actually very shocked at how often we would see repeat visitors,” Grace said, adding that for many Haligonians working in the downtown core, a visit to the exhibit over lunch became a weekly habit.

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