TALE AS OLD AS TIME – LEGO REPLICA OF DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CASTLE GETS BRICKLIVE PREMIERE
Professional LEGO artist and graphic designer Kevin Hall from Brick Galleria is hoping for a fairy-tale ending for his latest build – a replica of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Castle that is currently being completed ready for its premiere at BRICKLIVE.
Based on the iconic animated classic, the staggering 250,000-piece build, using LEGO bricks, plates, tiles and arches, will be on show at Birmingham’s NEC from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th October.
Standing at around two metres tall at the highest tower and covering one-and-a-half square metres at it’s base, the castle is built at mini-figure scale and has taken nearly three months to build.
Kevin has spent hours watching and re-watching the 1991 film in order to include all the details that fans will be looking for, as well as interpreting the main structure.
“The biggest challenge has been getting the angles right on the parts of the castle that you can’t see in the movie,” explains Kevin. “The film is two-dimensional so in order to build a replica that is as near to the one on-screen as possible, I’ve had to study every second to gain as much info as possible. I even looked at the various castles at the Disneyland resorts but each of those are different to the film so any gaps have had to be filled by artistic licence.”
Visitors can expect to see the glass encased rose, the fairy-tale book, but the biggest highlight is the stunning ballroom complete with the giant windows, internal balcony, grand piano and of course Belle and the Beast dancing on a slowly revolving floor.
Adding to the magic are 150 LED lights placed inside the castle so the structure glows not only in the ballroom ceiling but also from the 100 plus windows, each made of around 40 LEGO parts, throughout the structure.
When finished, the tower roofs will be made up of around 20,000 LEGO tiles in four different colours, each individually clipped onto LEGO tubing within the roof cavities to create the unique pitch of the original castle towers. It is also estimated to weigh around 100 kilograms.
Kevin decided he wanted to be a professional LEGO builder when he was just six-years-old and has over 30 years of design and building experience, with a fondness for creating castles.
“The Beauty and the Beast structure has given me the opportunity to combine my longtime love of Disney with my passion for LEGO. I’d never had the time or the resource before so this has been a fantastic project.”
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