Published on September 1st, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning
LEGO Minifigures take over Melbourne Museum with the opening of RELICS: A New World Rises
Set in a future long after humanity’s reign, RELICS: A New World Rises is now open at Melbourne Museum to inspire storytelling and provoke thought about sustainability.
Crafted by LEGO® Masters winners Jackson Harvey and Alex Towler, RELICS comes direct from huge success in Perth and Adelaide where it captivated both the young and young at heart. The exhibition has become bigger and better since breaking attendance records at the South Australian Museum, with more relics added, plus a ‘Build Their World’ play area.
RELICS: A New World Rises tells the story of a world where LEGO® minifigures have taken over, creating intricate civilisations inside discarded human artefacts they now call home.
Through the fun and playful medium of LEGO, RELICS: A New World Rises confronts the questions surrounding our own future, and challenges our perceptions about the stability of our current reality.
‘Today, humans are producing and consuming at an unprecedented rate, and many of the products that are manufactured today will outlive their creators by centuries,’ said Jackson Harvey.
‘Everything we manufacture today will eventually impact our environment in some way, including LEGO.’
The LEGO creations of a forgotten future have been crafted from used and salvaged materials, including a large portion of the LEGO bricks which were acquired through second-hand suppliers.
‘The choice of the plastic brick as a medium to discuss topics of sustainability is an intentional one, aimed at drawing attention to the way our society uses, recycles and discards our material world,’ said Alex Towler. ‘The LEGO minifigures make creative and sometimes absurd interpretations of each object, challenging the audience to consider what they throw away, and where it ends up.
‘Just as the minifigures are navigating their strange new world, we are left wondering how to navigate our own.’
Museums Victoria Director & CEO Lynley Crosswell said she hopes the exhibition will inspire meaningful conversations about sustainability and the choices that we make for our shared future.
‘We are delighted to present RELICS: A New World Rises at Melbourne Museum, where LEGO sparks the imagination while inviting contemplation about our material world and its impact on the environment’.
RELICS: A New World Rises
1 September 2023–28 January 2024
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street Carlton
Children under 3 free, discounts for concessions, family tickets $72.50
Explore RELICS: A New World Rises, at Melbourne Museum until January 28, 2024. Tickets on sale now via RELICS: A New World Rises – Melbourne Museum (museumsvictoria.com.au)