Guide conducts tours of Lego cathedral

Perth’s St Mary’s Cathedral in Lego (The eRecord/David Lefort)

A St Mary’s Cathedral parishioner has created a Lego model of the Perth cathedral, using more than 8800 pieces of the plastic construction toy bricks. Source: The eRecord.

David Lefort, who is also a part-time cathedral tour guide, said he created the Lego structure with the aim of providing families and younger visitors a unique look at the rich history and architecture the building in a fun and engaging way.

“I’ve always been mesmerised by the Cathedral’s beauty since my first visit back in 2003 and being my favourite building in WA, I wanted to create more awareness of its place within the heart of Perth,” he said.

“Therefore, I thought that it would be a good idea to have a model of the Cathedral that visitors and school children on school tours could see as a whole and have a better appreciation of its architecture.

“Seeing it as a whole, I could point out to them the areas with different architecture styles, details, components, structure and the overall form of the building during these tours.

Creating such an elaborate detailed structure required much homework and preparation, Mr Lefort shared some of the steps he undertook during the month-long construction process.

“I took many photographs of the cathedral from the various angles, read the book about the cathedral and looked at building plans to get a better understanding of its design, structure, shape, size, and space.

“Furthermore, through my tour guide training, I learnt a wealth of information about the cathedral from Carol Wright, which was a great help,” Mr Lefort added.

“With the plans, images, information, and a scale in mind, I started to build my model, starting with many standalone sections of it, trying to replicate the look of the Cathedral through the use of different parts and building techniques until I was happy that the sections I was building looked close enough to the real building.

“Then I combined the different sections together to create the final model. I actually added lights inside that illuminates the ‘stained glass windows’ when turned on.”


Architect constructs LEGO St Mary’s Cathedral to replicate iconic WA landmark (The eRecord

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