Caernarfon Castle replica dominates US Lego exhibition

Friday 19 June 2015


Caernarfon Castle, more than 700-years old and part of a World Heritage Site, stands imposingly over the town on the bank of the Menai Strait. This weekend an exact replica has dominated a US Lego exhibition, casting its shadow over spaceships, robots and superheroes.

The mammoth replica was created by Illinois-based retired doctor Bob Carney who hit the headlines earlier this year with his stunning timelapse video showing the rise Rhuddlan Castle using more than 60,000 bricks.

Mr Carney, who transported the completed Caernarfon Castle to Chicago for the annual Brickworld convention, teamed up with Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service again to produce another timelapse video to display alongside his creation.

The video has been created with more than 6,000 individual images – almost three times the amount used for Rhuddlan. The model is made up of 10,000 additional bricks, more than 70,000 in total!

This time Mr Carney has included animation in the amazing video. As viewers watch the castle’s creation over three minutes, they will see knights appearing, rowers enjoying the Lego version of the Menai Strait and even a Welsh dragon taking flight over the castle’s tiny inhabitants.

The video has today been released on our YouTube channel as part of our ‘Pack your Imagination Campaign’.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism said: “Cadw’s ‘Pack Your Imagination’ campaign has succeeded in raising awareness and generating an interest in Welsh heritage with new audiences across Wales.

“Since the campaign was launched with Mr Carney’s Rhuddlan Castle video, we have seen children across Wales inspired to create their own castles within the walls of real castles and submit home-made replicas of our historic sites using different materials from their home, and most importantly using their imaginations.

“The campaign has encouraged children and their parents to appreciate our unique heritage in a fun and engaging way while exploring and enjoying their local heritage sites.”

Mr Carney, who in May took a two week break from working on Caernarfon Castle to visit Wales and more than 20 of its historic sites, added: “Caernarfon has taken more than three months to build including the time I took to visit the real site first-hand.

“Transporting the 70,000 bricks more than 700 miles to Chicago was a challenge in itself but it’s been worth it for it to be enjoyed by hundreds of Lego fans over the last few days.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with Cadw and supporting the ‘Pack your Imagination’ campaign – I hope the campaign and my creations have inspired children and adults in Wales to explore their amazing heritage.”

More information on the 'Pack your Imagination' campaign can be found on the Fun section of our website.