Foto Duomo Lego
31 March Mar 2014 1800 4 years ago

For the first time Milan's Duomo has been built in toy bricks

The symbol of the city built by an artist with over 100,000 LEGO® bricks will be on show at the Grande Museo del Duomo and at Milan's Malpensa Airport

Building and taking care of Milan's Duomo? That has been Veneranda Fabbrica's unfailing commitment since 1387. Yet from today, building the most famous Cathedral in the world is a task that no longer requires over half a millennium and millions of blocks of marble: thanks to the British artist and LEGO Certified Professional, Duncan Titmarsh, 100,000 LEGO® bricks have been used to create models of the symbol of the Expo2015 city, celebrated all over the world.

A huge sculpture made in two copies which, thanks to LEGO®, Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano and SEA, pays homage to the Cathedral and to its Fabbrica.

The sculpture is around 1.10 m in height, is 1.80 m long and weighs over 60 kg. It faithfully reproduces the columns, rose windows and spires of the Milan's Duomo, using only LEGO bricks. Months of work by a team of five people directly managed by Duncan, not to mention his proven ability in using LEGO bricks as an artistic medium, were required to complete the sculptures.

The two works of art will be on show to the public as from 2 April at the New Grande Museo del Duomo (Piazza del Duomo, 12) and, courtesy of SEA, in the Schengen area of Milan's Malpensa Airport, for the joy of children, adults and enthusiasts waiting for their flights.

"Veneranda Fabbrica favourably received LEGO's offer and, with the support of SEA, decided to achieve this original project that pays homage to the Duomo, symbol of Expo2015, to greet all the Christians and visitors who arrive in Milan with a product that, like the Cathedral, overcomes all cultural and geographical barriers," said Angelo Caloia, President of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano.

The Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano (Palazzo Reale – Piazza del Duomo, 12) is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Tickets € 6-4.

Some interesting facts
Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano is the historic organisation responsible for preservation and restoration of the Cathedral. Set up in 1387 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, then the Duke of Milan, to design and construct the cathedral, it has continued to work for over half a millennium, with great sense of responsibility, to preserve the Duomo, finding the resources required for its maintenance.

Get your Spire is a fund-raising campaign launched by the Veneranda Fabbrica in support of an unfailing commitment.

o The Duomo has 135 spires, 164 large windows 55 of which are historiated, and around 3600 works of sculpture including 150 gargoyles, 96 gigantic figures and 746 corbels. It is visited each year by more than five million people.
Eighteen major restoration sites have been opened by Veneranda Fabbrica on the Cathedral in preparation for Expo2015.