Museum of Brisbane

Brisbane City Hall LEGO Build

  • 27 Jun to 26 Aug 2020
  • Exhibition now closed

LEGO® Story: One Hundred Years since construction of
City Hall

Brisbane City Hall LEGO Build

Come help us celebrate a major birthday! City Hall is 100 years old and renowned LEGO® builder Ben Craig, also known as The Brick Builder has undertaken a monumental project!

Ben has rebuilt Brisbane City Hall from the ground up, using over 40,000 LEGO® Bricks. This City Hall LEGO® replica includes the building’s iconic features, from the prominent entryway, to the Clock Tower and copper dome, with a large internal viewing space exploring stories and moments from the iconic building’s history. 

Visit Brisbane City Hall from 27 June to 30 July 2020 to see the City Hall Lego Build Pop-up.

Image: Brisbane City Hall LEGO® with Ben Craig, The Brick Builder.

Explore behind the scenes:

Watch a timelapse of the build:

About Brisbane City Hall

Affectionately known as the ‘People’s Place’, City Hall is one of Brisbane’s most beloved buildings. This year marks 100 years since construction for City Hall first began, and the beginning of this building’s story – filled with personal memories, urban milestones, and historic moments.

Construction of Brisbane City Hall began on 29 July 1920 on a swampy council works yard. It took ten years to complete the building in its entirety, opening to the public on April 8 1930. Within the last century, Brisbane City Hall has played an important role in the lives of many Brisbane residents as a place to meet, celebrate, learn and discuss. The heritage listed building is now a significant icon amongst the Brisbane skyline and a treasure for many Brisbane residents.

About the Brick Builder Ben Craig

Ben Craig is an artist and storyteller whose chosen medium is LEGO® bricks. Since Ben was two years old, he has not put down the much-loved bricks that he now uses for creations that inspire, challenge, communicate ideas and celebrate stories. Ben’s intent with his creations is to look beyond the LEGO® and to celebrate the stories in each piece.   

Ben has a firm belief in the power of art and creativity as an instigator for change, through his BrickBuilders program and sharing his approach into educational settings across South East Queensland each week. He also delivers inspirational team-building sessions, such as with the National Junior Swim Team where he helped to inspire their success. 

Ben’s award-winning works have gained global media attention. He was the creator of the Guinness World Record-breaking, Largest LEGO® Caravan – completed with 288,000 bricks. Ben was Artist-in-Residence at Brisbane Airport for a year in 2017-2018, where he illustrated travel stories and celebrated the world of flight.

Images: Official opening of City Hall, Brisbane, Queensland 1930, photograph. Courtesy John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. | Ben Craig with his LEGO® Caravan, 2018. Courtesy of Caravanning Queensland.