As part of the commemorations for the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo, the Waterloo culture council has organised an exhibition on Napoleonic history. It will take place from the 30th of May to the 31st of July at the Ecuries, and will be entirely in Lego. Created in France for the bicentenary of Empress Josephine’s death, the exhibition took two years to put together and has now been invited to Waterloo. Models of the battleground (Lion Hill, Napoleon’s last HQ at Vieux-Genappe, Wellington museum at Waterloo, etc) have been added for the occasion. The Waterloo councilor for culture, Yves Vander Cruysen, saw the Napoleonic history in Lego bricks exhibition in Rueil-Malmaison in France. It had been set up for the bicentenary of Empress Josephine’s death. It attracted more than 30,000 visitors in France.
The designers were invited to Waterloo for the bicentenary of the famous battle. They were asked to add several models for the occasion, such as the Saint-Cloud castle and the dome of the Invalides. “That model alone is made of more than 300,000 Lego bricks, weighs a ton and a half, and is more than 2.5 metres tall”, the organisers say.
The exhibition took two years to put together. It took 5,000 hours to build, and used more than a million Lego bricks. Its Waterloo session will be interactive, as each visitor will receive a Lego brick to add to a flag. Construction workshops will also be available on reservation.