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Brickman exhibition opens on the Coast

Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught visited the region to check out his latest exhibition, now on at The Wharf Mooloolaba.

For some people, life has a funny way of working out. Whether it was his destiny or simply chance, when Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught walked into a corporate meeting back in 2008, the result led him to exactly where he was meant to be.

“I worked in IT for a big media organisation,” he tells My Weekly Preview during his visit to the Sunshine Coast last week. “One day my big boss said she wanted to have a meeting about the number of meetings that were happening.

“I said, ‘I’d had enough of that’. I loved LEGO, my kids loved LEGO and I thought maybe we could do something with that.”

One simple idea, that’s all it took. And block by block, Brickman built his future.

Today he is one of only 21 LEGO Certified Professionals in the world, and the only one in the southern hemisphere. He has built a team of 23 skilled LEGO artists who create the unimaginable from those colourful little bricks. Brickman currently has 10 exhibitions around the world – the latest is right here in Mooloolaba.

There have been workshops, books, visits to the “mothership’’ in Denmark, also known as LEGO headquarters, and in 2019, he burst on to Australian TV screens as one half of Channel Nine’s LEGO Masters duo.

Alongside co-host and comedian Hamish Blake, Brickman continues to draw millions of viewers – both young and old – to the reality show each season. Last week, the LEGO Masters team took home its first Logie. “It really was a team effort.”

Always humble, always willing to wear his heart of his sleeve, Brickman’s true colours shone brightly when he met with a few lucky young Sunshine Coast fans during his visit to The Wharf to oversee his latest LEGO exhibition, Brickman Cities.

This exhibition took 2000 hours to build and features more than 600,000 bricks. With so much work going into each piece, you can’t help but ask what the future has in store for the artwork.

“Nine times out of 10 these exhibitions tour around the world,” Brickman says. “At home, [LEGO builds] stay together for a while and then go into the LEGO pile, and become something else.

“[On LEGO Masters] after they’ve built, it’s put back in the brick pit and then turned into something else amazing. So if you think about it, one LEGO brick could have been part of 10 awesome builds or 20 amazing things.

“That’s the cool thing about LEGO.

“The trick is, unlike life, it gives you unlimited do-overs. Just say you build a LEGO bridge, the LEGO bridge first version might not be really good… but you know the second time you build the LEGO bridge it will be better, and the third time will be better and so on and so on.

“Sometimes in life you don’t get do-overs. LEGO is pretty cool like that.”

THE DETAILS

Brickman Cities at The Wharf Mooloolaba is an interactive, collaborative and educational experience for LEGO lovers young and old. Discover the historical stories of the iconic cities of London, New York, Dubai, Tokyo and Sydney, as told in LEGO.

The Brickman Cities experience features for the first time ever a brand-new collaboration with LEGO CITY – an entire wall devoted to showcasing the history of LEGO CITY, with CITY fire stations from decades ago.

Get the best-value day out with a combination ticket. This ticket will allow guests same-day access to both SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast and Brickman Cities. SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast and Brickman Cities are open seven days from 9am to 5pm during the school holidays. Brickman Cities closes July 17.

For tickets, visit visitsealife.com/sunshine-coast.

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Candice's passion for journalism led her to the Sunshine Coast 12 years ago where she has worked across multiple media and communication platforms. An avid traveller (she lists Paris, Venice and Vietnam as her faves), this mum of one loves meeting with people from all walks of life and finds inspiration within their stories. Candice joined the team in 2014 and is MWP's editor.

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