A Warrnambool icon has been recreated in Lego with a replica of the Wollaston Bridge something Sam Ridley took on as his pandemic lockdown project.
When the COVID-19 restrictions meant Mr Ridley couldn't take his daughter Evie, 4, to the park or her swimming and ballet lessons, he started looking for a project they could work on together.
While some baked bread or did jigsaw puzzles, Mr Ridley decided to take on the Lego creation after his father came up with the idea of building the Wollaston Bridge while watching the TV show Lego Masters.
"We were, like a lot of other families, looking for indoor activities to do and Evie's granddad said 'why don't you build the Wollaston Bridge out of Lego?' That was the start of it," Mr Riley said.
"When AquaZone closed we couldn't go swimming, her ballet classes were cancelled and we couldn't go to the park, we just wanted a nice big project we could do which was unique."
The project has taken six-months to complete, with long waits for specific parts to arrive in the mail the biggest hold-up.
Mr Riley said they probably spent more than 50 hours on the project.
"A part would come in and you'd do half-an-hour and then you'd have to wait for the mail for another part," he said.
"It's as much a suspension bridge as the real thing. We had some supports under the middle and obviously that's not very authentic, so we've added the ropes in which is exactly like the normal structure.
"There was a lot of me and Evie getting to come down here and look at the bridge."
Mr Ridley said the project was 99 per cent finished. "One pillar is a little different to the rest which is ironic given that's what we see here today," he said. The real-life bridge has a cap missing from one of the pillars.
He said he would eventually add the suspension to the ends of the bridge as well, just like the real one.
While the idea may have come from the show Lego Masters, Mr Ridley said he wasn't planning to sign up to appear.
"It might be a bit out of my league. Evie will have to come with me if I play," he said.
Working on a large-scale model of the bridge with her dad even inspired Evie to make a "baby" Lego version of the bridge on her own.
After having got back into Lego creation, something he hadn't done since he was a kid, Mr Ridley said he had plans to recreate another Warrnambool icon in Lego.
"There might be a couple of projects in the future," he said. He has thought about recreating the war memorial, but now thinks it will either be the breakwater or the Fletcher Jones ball that are next in line.
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