Chester CAsthedral in Lego 2015

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undefinedLater this month visitors to Chester Cathedral will be invited to explore the prospect of an extraordinary miniature model of the ancient building. A scale model of the city landmark is to be made entirely from Lego bricks.

The Chester Cathedral in Lego project will take 350,000 individual pieces of the plastic building blocks and construct  a model of the cathedral that will reach almost four metres in length and two metres in height.

Members of the public can purchase their own tiny piece of history in the form of a Lego brick to be included in the model and will be encouraged to learn all about the cathedral’s 1000-year history as part of the project.

Volunteer ‘bricklayers’ will work every day of the week to build the model from the foundations up and it is estimated that the project will take up to four years to complete.

The model – which will split in two to reveal the inside of the building – will include special features unique to Chester Cathedral’s interior, such as the grand organ, painstakingly recreated in the building blocks.

The Lego project is the brainchild of the cathedral’s education and fundraising departments. The money raised from the selling of Lego bricks will go directly into a fund to support the Chester Cathedral Education Trust.

There will be a launch event for the project on Saturday 18 April.

Director of Operations at the cathedral, Simon Warburton, said: “We are very excited about the project and very much looking forward to it getting underway. The unique thing about Chester Cathedral is that our architecture spans nearly 1000 years of history.  The model will recreate each style and so is a really effective way of telling the story of our building.”

Chester Cathedral is looking for volunteers to help build the LEGO model.  The project will start in April 2015 and last for at least three years.  Please contact Emma Roberts via email emma.roberts@chestercathedral.com

Above, Lego 'builders' prepare for a mammoth task