Lego National Library of Ireland built from sausages, gold coins and Star Wars badges – The Irish Times

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has discovered a full-scale Lego model of what its building on Kildare Street will look like in the future. The model was commissioned in conjunction with the ongoing redevelopment of the main NLI building. Lego artists David and Breda Fennell worked with NLI staff, creating a design that depicts the planned redesigned version of the library.

The project showcases their work over the past four years and is one of the largest of its kind in Ireland, measuring 180cm x 168cm and standing 60cm high.

This ongoing redevelopment will transform the West Wing of the NLI, creating a six-storey exhibition and public engagement space, providing access for all visitors.

Speaking about their work on building a Lego model of the National Library, David Fennell said: “It has been a pleasure for us to work on this project with the National Library of Ireland. Representing one of Dublin’s finest buildings required a lot of imagination and innovative solutions. »

“To ensure a stable construction, the walls of the reading room and part of the exterior paving are built on Lego train tracks and the floor of the entrance is internally supported by Lego Duplo pieces. Other design fixes included deploying Bart Simpson catapults; Lego sausages; vintage Lego Modulex parts; and Lego dice tiles to create dominoes. Rare gold Lego pieces were used to create an Irish harp while Star Wars insignia help recreate the building’s exterior.

“With a creative nod to the past and inspired by old photographs, we have recreated the original lawn outside the NLI,” he added.

NLI Acting Director Katherine McSharry said: “As we move forward with our redevelopment programme, this hugely impressive model offers the public the opportunity to reinvent the National Library of Ireland with us. This next phase of our capital development programme, a partnership with the OPW and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, will result in the complete refurbishment of our former bookstore into an exciting cultural experience – creating a great new public space for a new generation of visitors.

“The Lego model both highlights the opportunities offered by our redevelopment and celebrates the much-loved features of our Victorian buildings. David and Breda have recreated the library’s iconic reading room with a skill and attention to detail that will charm and will delight all our visitors.

The Lego model remains in place in the main entrance hall of the National Library on Kildare Street throughout the year and is open to visitors.

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