Hurry, last days! If you want to see the Colosseum before it's dismantled at the end of February then now's your chance. This isn't, of course, the Roman entertainment centre of old but its brilliant re-creation, the "Legosseum" of Lego-master Ryan McNaught of the City of Melbournium.
The Legosseum is at the Nicholson Museum at Sydney University. Entry to the museum is free and, if you can find your way to the Quadrangle, it's just inside the southern entrance.
I can't imagine how much time it must have taken Mr McNaught to create this marvel. It certainly wasn't built in a day. On four or five trips to the Museum (Did I mention that it's free?) I spent hours poring over the detail and discovering things I'd previously overlooked. There is so much to see both in the building itself but also the people, ancient and modern.
|The "Legosseum" of Ryan McNaught at the Nicholson Museum...|
I did enjoy seeing the real thing on a trip to Rome a couple of years ago but I think the enjoyment came more from imagining how life might have been in the year 80 AD when the Colosseum was completed than admiring the ruin itself. And it really is a ruin: over the centuries every bit of decoration that could be carried off was looted and, when that was gone, the site became a quarry and much of the original stonework also disappeared.
|...and it's Rome counterpart.|
|The old with the new.|
Next to the Legosseum is a re-creation of the Arch of Constantine, built a couple hundred years after the Colosseum on orders from the Emperor Constantine the Great after his troops won a decisive battle, a battle which---had it been lost---might have hastened the end of the Empire. A good enough reason to build a triumphal arch.
|The Lego Arch of Constantine.|
There's a bit of Lego-licence here as real Arch isn't immediately next to the real Colosseum.
|The pre-Lego version of the Arch.|
|Lost to Lego: two young Legomaniacs contemplating their next creation.|
Check with the Museum for its opening hours and then hurry on down.