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World Heritage Exhibition built with LEGO®

Date Posted: 2012-05-12

The World Heritage Exhibition is now celebrating its 40th anniversary with a unique charity art exhibition, “The PIECE of PEACE – World Heritage that is made by LEGO® blocks part 2”.

The exhibition runs through June 3rd at a specially set-up venue on the first floor of Tomiton Toyozaki Lifestyle Center at Toyozaki, Tomigusuku City. This is the first time a world heritage exhibition made entirely by LEGO® blocks is staged in Okinawa. The PIECE of PEACE exhibition began in Shibuya in Tokyo, and will run through the main cities of Japan. Already, more than 10,000 people have visited the exhibition to learn more about world heritage.

The main exhibition section, “Love Earth, Love Asia” features well-known world heritage sites, all built with LEGO® blocks. Some structures use over 10,000 pieces, while one single exhibit is made of over 20,000 pieces. The height and precision of each structure overwhelms visitors, and even the structures’ interiors are precise, and many visitors peeki into the interiors using penlights.

Shuri-Castle is exhibited representing Okinawa. The Lego® Shuri Castle is built using red and white LEGO® blocks that capture Shuri Castle perfectly.

The exhibition includes sites of the Ryukyu Kingdom/ Shuri-Castle, Greece/ the Acropolis of Athens, France/Mont-Saint-Michel and the ocean, Italy/ Piazza del Duomo, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Vatican City and Colosseum, Egypt/ Nubian monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae, USA/ the Statue of Liberty, The Republic of Chile/Rapa Nui National Park (The Moai Statues), China/ the Great Wall of China, Cambodia/ Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, India/ Taj Mahal, Japan/ cultural property of Kyoto (the Temple of the Golden Pavilion), Buddhism structures in the surroundings of the temple of Horyu, Shirakawago, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Denmark/ Roskilde Cathedral, Germany/ Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen, Spain/ Works of Antoni Gaudi, Brazil/ Brasilia (cathedral), Nepal/ the valley of Kathmandu (Swayambhunath temple), Turkey/ Historic Areas of Istanbul (Sultanahmet Camii), and Korea/ Hwaseong Fortress.
A part of admission fee and proceeds of product sales will be contributed to activities towards world heritage by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan.

In another venue, there are sections including a message from well-known people, an image of a TV program, called “The World Heritage” by TBS-TV, the picture of world heritage sites seen from space, and a LEGO® mini-shop, so not only children but also adults can enjoy the event.

The exhibition is open weekdays noon ~ 7 p.m., with entry until 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through June 3rd the exhibition is open 10:30 a.m. ~ 8 p.m., with final entry at 7:30 p.m. Admission is \500 for everyone over 16, \300 for 7-15 year olds, and \200 for children 3-6.

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