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BEFORE Lego men even existed, Ryan McNaught was destined to become one himself.

As one of the world's 14 Lego certified professionals, Tim has turned the nostalgic pastime into an incredible career which takes him across the world.

On the flip side, Ryan has brought skyscrapers from Asia and Australia to Rockhampton in his awe-inspiring Towers of Tomorrow With LEGO exhibition.

Hundreds of thousands of standard Lego pieces and plenty of patience have culminated in scale models of some of the most impressive man-made marvels, on display from Saturday in the Rockhampton Art Gallery.

Professional Lego builder Ryan McNaught is showing his Towers of Tomorrow at the Rockhampton Art Gallery.
Professional Lego builder Ryan McNaught is showing his Towers of Tomorrow at the Rockhampton Art Gallery. Chris Ison ROK081216clego2

The interactive and educational display features more than 200,000 loose Lego bricks at the ready for young and old alike to unleash their inner kid and create their own pieces.

Shadowed by the Sydney Tower, Ryan recalls his first creation; a tiny boat in 1976.

"To give you an idea how old I am they didn't even have Lego men in those days, so a long time ago now," he said.

Ryan said while he "doesn't like to take work home", he enjoys teaching his twin boys the intricate art form and said the skills can translate into unexpected realms.

"The interesting thing is it's a good way to teach kids architecture in an interesting and interactive way and it also teaches them certain mathematical skills as well about pattern recognition and all sorts of grouse stuff like that," he said.

"So it's a little bit of education by self in that they don't know they're learning stuff when they actually are learning stuff as well as doing things kids love."

Though she grew up a Barbie doll fan, gallery director Bianca Acimovic said the display has her near converted.

"When I grew up, Lego was mainly bricks and a boy thing.

"So its so great now to see all the range, we have been working with Toyworld Rockhampton and they've come on as an exhibition sponsor and the range they have now... I think if I was growing up now I would have been a Lego fan," she said.

L-R Katrina, Hannah, Meaghan and Dennis Boyce from Toyworld at the Towers of Tomorrow Lego exhibition at the Rockhampton Art Gallery which they are sponsoring.
L-R Katrina, Hannah, Meaghan and Dennis Boyce from Toyworld at the Towers of Tomorrow Lego exhibition at the Rockhampton Art Gallery which they are sponsoring. Chris Ison

Ms Acimovic explained the exhibition was the result of a successful bid to the Sydney Living Museum and she believed with friends, family and tourists passing through over the Christmas break it was the perfect way to profile the city.

"It's pretty amazing, Lego has featured here once before in a big spectacular out at the showground.

"So we are hoping to build on the popularity of that.

"We also want to demonstrate to people how they can really have fun in regional galleries," she said.



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