A model of the Acropolis built with 120,000 Lego pieces is being exhibited at the second floor of the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece , and has already attracted many young and older visitors.
The mastermind behind this unique idea was Australian model maker Ryan McNaught who said that he wanted to spark children’s curiosity and make them want to find out more about ancient Greece and the Acropolis in particular. McNaught worked for hundreds of hours in order to capture the ancient monument’s every detail.
The model depicts the monument’s ancient and modern history, and includes figures of significant historical personalities. There is a Lord Elgin dismantling the Parthenon while Phidias stands in the background, protesting. There is also Agatha Christie, Sigmund Freud, Elton John and even Melina Mercouri who greets the crowd with a bouquet of flowers, as she did in one of her most famous photographs, which is featured in Athens’ “Acropolis” metro station.
Modern and ancient Greek history coexist in this unique mini-version of the Greek monument. The ancient Agora hosts a souvlaki restaurant and Elton John performs at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus while Lego figures of ancient Greeks are watching a play in the Theater of Dionysus.
The Parthenon was built between 447 BC and 438 BC and was a temple dedicated to the city’s patron, Greek goddess Athena. The temple housed Athena’s large statue, created by Phidias, which was removed by Romans in the 5th century and has been lost ever since.