LEGO MOUNT PANORAMA – WAHLUU MODEL - MEDIA RELEASE

Back on display in Bathurst by popular demand, the LEGO Mount Panorama –Wahluu Model has moved to the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum.

These LEGO models tell the stories of the cultural significance and history of Mount Panorama – Wahluu and its evolution into one of the best known racing facilities in Australia. At the Museum we have included information about how the mountain formed and geology of the region.

In 2016 Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) commissioned Ryan ‘the Brickman’ McNaught, to build two LEGO models, one of the top of Mount Panorama – Wahluu and the other of the Mount Panorama - Wahluu Pit Straight.

Ryan ‘the Brickman’ McNaught is one of only 14 LEGO certified professionals in the world, and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. The models were built in The Brickman’s Melbourne studio over a few weeks by a team of LEGO builders. There are a total of 18 well known stories about the history of the site included in the two models, each created from photographs, track diagrams and local details.

We are thrilled to host this exhibition over the next few months. As a science museum, we are always looking for ways to encourage visitors to engage in science, technology and design in a hands on way. A custom built table provides an opportunity for visitors to test their LEGO design skills where they can play and construct their own LEGO creations. With the LEGO exhibition we have already seen some magnificent creations produced, with visitors both young and old reluctant to leave. We encourage visitors to post images of their constructions, tagging our facebook page and using #BathurstLEGO.

The exhibition has also given us an opportunity to tell the story of the geology of Mount Panorama. There is a common myth that Mount Panorama was once a volcano. There is no geological evidence of this. In fact, it was probably once the course of the Wambuul or Macquarie River. About 19 million years ago a lava flow from a volcanic vent in the Abercrombie region would have followed the river course and covered the lower lying land. Once it cooled it was harder than the landscape around it, so the river course would have diverted, and eroded the landscape around it by about 200m (or 10m per million years).

The exhibition is free with Museum entry or if you want to visit the LEGO exhibition only, the cost is $5 per child per day to ‘play’. Bookings will only be taken for groups of 10+. Parents are welcome to join in however, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

The LEGO Mount Panorama - Wahluu Model will be on exhibition at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum from 7 April until 24 July 2017.

This is a Bathurst Regional Art Gallery touring exhibition.

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

224 Howick Street Bathurst 2795

Open 10am – 4pm Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 2pm Sunday.

Admission charges apply