RELICS: A New World Rises Exhibition at SAM

You know how some ancient architectures, such as The Hanging Temple in China and the Paro Takstang in Bhutan, were built into the natural landscapes like cliffs? Well, the RELICS: A New World Rises exhibition currently open at the South Australian Museum (SAM) is kind of like these majestic ancient architectures.

RELICS: A New World Rises Exhibition at SAM
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In this exhibition created by artists/creators Alex Towler and Jackson Harvey, winners of Channel 9 LEGO® Masters in 2020, ordinary abandoned objects offer the natural landscapes where bustling LEGO® civilizations strive.

For example, the trunk of the classic Volkswagen Beetle has a bustling LEGO town complete with a town square, multi-tier structures, and tattered shacks, bursting out of it. And then there is the jet ski with its rear transformed into a beachside/dockside town that reminds us of the old Havana. That is a real VW Beetle and an actual jet ski, by the way.

RELICS: A New World Rises Exhibition at SAM
Credit Sia Duff.

It is really a sight to behold. The sight of miniature LEGO® cities emerging out of modern artifacts is fascinating and surreal at the same time.

Official words:

RELICS: A New World Rises is a collection of old and forgotten objects housing miniature worlds built of LEGO®. Each display weaves intricate LEGO® constructions into unique objects to evoke a sense of nostalgia and ignite fresh curiosity, inviting audiences young and old to explore the world within a world.

In addition to regular towns and cities, there are high-tech, miniature LEGO® cities too. An arcade cabinet and a claw machine have also been taken over by high-tech LEGO® cities.

RELICS: A New World Rises Exhibition at SAM
Credit: Instagram (@back2brick2).

Official words:

Within each relic, the LEGO® civilisation has adapted to the distinctive character of the artefact it inhabits. A marauding band of inventors have reverse-engineered a grandfather clock to build a time machine. A cryonics facility, nestled inside a vintage refrigerator, maintains mini figures in a frosty stasis to keep them safe from the effects of an overheated climate. In a retro arcade, airlocks and elevators connect a series of gaming machines together to form a futuristic space port. Even more curious worlds can be discovered, each with their own strange stories to tell!

RELICS: A New World Rises at the South Australian Museum started on March 04 and will remain open until July 23, 2023 (Adelaide time). It opens daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.

RELICS: A New World Rises Exhibition at SAM
Credit: SAM.

General admission ticket cost 17.27 Australian dollars plus book fees and tax, which works to be AUD$19.98 per person. Ticket for children of ages 5-12 is 12.73 Australian dollars plus booking fees and tax (AUD$14.85) each. There is a family package for 2 adults and up to 3 children of 5-12 years old going for AUD$68.15 including book fees and tax. Children under the age of 5 enter for free.

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For more information and to book tickets, visit: https://www.relicsexhibitions.com/

Images: Sia Duff courtesy of South Australian Museum. Additional images: Instagram (@back2brick2).