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Legoland removes thousands of characters from art display to support self-isolation

Birmingham city centre, before and after Credit: Merlin Entertainment

Legoland has removed thousands of characters from an art display at the Discovery Centre Birmingham to support the idea of self-isolation.

The model previously showed a bustling Birmingham city centre - depicting the city’s library, Mailbox and the Cube.

Bustling city centre Credit: Merlin Entertainment

But following the announcement of a UK-wide lockdown, the makers decided to change the art piece so that it reflects the current state of the city.

An empty city centre Credit: Merlin Entertainment

Thousands of ‘minifigures’ have been removed and are now being stored safely in a workshop.

Minifigures in storage Credit: Merlin Entertainment
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Bricks previously used in the art display

It was a sad moment taking the minifigures out but we felt it was the right move.

The mini city was filled with tourists, school groups, commuters and construction workers but the reality is, is that when you step outside in the real world you don’t see any of that."

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Empty city centre Credit: Merlin Entertainment

The centre closed it’s doors to the public two weeks ago (20th March) for the first since it opened in 2018.

The characters will be added back to the display once it opens again.

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