The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Friday, 23 May 2014

Wonders of the world (in lego)

Artist Warren Elsmore has recreated some of our planet's greatest treasures - one tiny brick at a time

Written by Young Ladies About Town
It provides the building blocks for millions of childhoods. But long-time Lego fan Warren Elsmore wanted to aim higher – and so he set about recreating some of the world’s greatest wonders, one tiny brick at a time.

From the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, with its terraces of blooming greenery, to Old London Bridge, complete with bustling shops and herds of cows, Elsmore has created a series of miniature worlds, brought together in a colourful and inspiring new book. Indeed, as these creations prove, the only limits to Lego are our own imaginations.

Brick Wonders: Ancient, Natural & Modern Marvels In Lego, by Warren Elsmore, is published by Mitchell Beazley, priced £14.99.

Lego-May23-02-590Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the same size as the British Isles
Lego-May23-03-590Left: The Lighthouse at Alexandria would have safely guided Egyptian sailors into port in around 250 BC. Though damaged by earthquakes, the lighthouse survived until 1480 when the last stones were robbed from it to build a nearby fort. Right: Old London Bridge really was a marvel, with over 100 shops up to seven floors high
Lego-May23-04-590Clockwise from left: The city of Petra, capital of the ancient Nabataean kingdom, was chosen by the Smithsonian as one of the 28 places to see before you die; with 27 columns and adorned with gold, the Temple of Artemis, in Ephesus, was dedicated to the goddess of the hunt and the daughter of Zeus; China’s Great Wall is now one of the country’s most famous tourist attractions, with thousands of visitors every year
Lego-May23-05-590Scientists hav discovered that the stones used to build Stonehenge match those found in a Welsh quarry over 140 miles away. Stones weighing up to 50 tons were moved using only basic tools and a lot of elbow grease

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