Gourmet Fair

Fly Me To the Moon and Back Again

An early rendition of a flying machine in Lego bricks at the Air and Space Museum. ©Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace – Aéroport Paris-Le Bourget /Tania Rieu. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Le Bourget, France — Children, adults and everyone in between get ready for lift-off with Lego, the Danish toy maker. The Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace — France’s Air and Space Museum — is hosting an exhibition that is fun, educational and highly colorful. Conducted in conjunction with the Epicure Studio agency, the show offers a journey into the world of air, space and Lego. Entitled Vers la lune et au-delà ! (To the Moon and Beyond!), it offers a delightful journey into space with the colorful, world renowned Lego bricks. Unfolding in an exhibition space of 2,100 square feet (200 square meters) the show explores three themes: The Story of Air and Space, the Lunar Conquest and Between Reality and Fiction. Highlights include Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon and an astronaut, human size, made entirely of Lego bricks.

An overview of the exhibition with a human-size astronaut in Lego bricks in the foreground. ©Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace – Aéroport Paris-Le Bourget /Tania Rieu. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The world of aviation and space exploration unfolds with the discovery of collector models of Lego of emblematic air and space craft including the Concorde made entirely of the colorful bricks in a nod to the two real Concordes housed on the museum’s grounds. Other highlights include representations of the Saturn V rocket, the Apollo missions and the lunar module —the famous Eagle that landed —flown by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin for that historic first landing on the moon, and women at the NASA, all in Lego sculptures. The show then takes a look at how space has been represented in the arts — cinema, literature, comic books — notably through the works of Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès, regarded as the first French director and father of special effects, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the pilot, writer, illustrator and author of The Little Prince, and Hergé, the creator of The Adventures of Tintin albums.

American astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison with a U.S. space shuttle in the background in Lego bricks at the Air and Space Museum. ©Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace – Aéroport Paris-Le Bourget /Tania Rieu. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

There are 28 original Lego constructions on display for a total of 177,761 bricks representing 1,105 hours of construction work. Five workshops are on the agenda with Legos of course. The exhibition also offers an opportunity to explore the Air and Space Museum whose celebrated collections have been on display for 100 years now. The visitor can amble through 11 exhibition halls and admire among other objects, instruments, and documents some 120 real flying craft. Throughout the year the museum will be showcasing the conquest of space.
The Lego and Space exhibition is on until May 29th. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 6pm and until 5pm from October 1st through March 31st.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
Musée de l’air et de l’espace
Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget
3 Esplanade de l’Air et de l’Espace
93352 Le Bourget
https://www.museeairespace.fr/en

The Lunar Landing of Apollo 11 in Lego bricks at the Air and Space Museum. ©Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace – Aéroport Paris-Le Bourget /Tania Rieu. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

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