Mini streetscape a big hit

IT STARTED with Launceston's post office.

But Ken Draeger's project kept growing and growing, until he had built a Lego replica of Civic Square.

The finished product included a quarter of a million bricks, $30,000 of Mr Draeger's money and about 800 hours of work.

``The post office was the most challenging . . . There's more detail, more intricate design, more features to it,'' he said.

``My favourite was the Public Building opposite the post office.

``I used Google Maps and Google Earth, and 1000 photographs from all different angles.''

Mr Draeger was co-organiser of this weekend's Brixhibition, a Lego exhibition organised by TAZ-Brick and Kings Meadows Lions Club.

The exhibition features entries from TAZ-Brick's school competition, huge Battlestar Galactica models and Lego Technic.

More than 3200 people attended yesterday.

Mr Draeger said many had stopped to congratulate him on his display.

``I've had the Launceston Show Society ask to display it at the show,'' he said.

``If it doesn't live somewhere it will have to be broken.''

Brixhibition continues today at Kings Meadows High School from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Entry is a gold coin donation. 

The winner of the schools' competition will be announced at 3pm.

Mia, 8, and Hamish Goody, 4, of Launceston, stop to look at the details in Ken Draeger's recreation of Cameron Street which is part of his larger Civic Square exhibit. Picture: MARK JESSER

Mia, 8, and Hamish Goody, 4, of Launceston, stop to look at the details in Ken Draeger's recreation of Cameron Street which is part of his larger Civic Square exhibit. Picture: MARK JESSER