Leeds Mayor’s Lego project takes shape

Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Judith Chapman with daughter Harriet, visit the Lego challenge at Merrion Centre.
Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Judith Chapman with daughter Harriet, visit the Lego challenge at Merrion Centre.
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Shoppers at the Merrion Centre in Leeds have been helping create a giant copy of the city’s crest made entirely from Lego bricks.

The quirky project has been touring the city, encouraging residents to donate cash in return for lego bricks to bring the crest to life - all in aid of the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Judith Chapman’s charity of the year, Specialist Autism Services.

She and daughter Harriet - who has autism and, as a massive Lego fan, dreamed up the challenge - dropped into the Merrion Centre yesterday to check on its progress.

Coun Chapman said: “The response from the people of Leeds and beyond following the launch of our challenge to create a copy of the Leeds crest made entirely out of Lego bricks has been absolutely incredible, and I would like to offer them a big thank you for their amazing support.

“I am delighted to say that the mosaic of the crest is beginning to take shape, but given its size, there is still a lot of hard work to be done.”

The board is 3.5m by 3.5m and when finished, the mosaic will be made up of 200,704 bricks.

Edward Ziff, chairman and chief executive of Town Centre Securities PLC, owners of the Merrion Centre, added: “The Leeds crest is a symbolic icon which represents our city and shapes our identity and we’re honoured to be involved in bringing it back to life.”

The projects three-day run at the shopping centre has now finished but organisers are keen to hear from any business or establishment in Leeds who could display all or part of the crest to keep the project going.

Contact the Lord Mayor’s Office on 0113 2474194 or email lordmayorsoffice@leeds.gov.uk.

** Lego bricks can be bought for just £1 for four or £4 for 16 bricks on a 4x4 plate.

Businesses, groups, organisations or well-wishers can also donate to get their name and logo is stamped on the crest by buying a section of bricks at a cost of either £256, for one’baseplate’ or £512 for two.

For those who wish to donate and buy a brick online can text LEGO42 and the amount to to 70070, such as LEGO42 then £1, 4, 256 or 512.

The Mayor’s Office is also interested in ideas for where the completed Lego crest should have its final resting place.