Ensconced in one of the world’s greatest stadia – the Sydney Cricket Ground – is their iconic museum dedicated to displaying the unique sporting history of its grounds.
And pride of place in the middle is the quirky Lego construction by now 14-year-old Curtis Glassford of Wentworth Falls.
The Kindlehill student spent more than a year building the Sydney Cricket Ground Members’ Stand at Moore Park for a school project, sourcing 17,000 Lego bricks from around the world at a cost of $4500.
“We could have paid for a membership with the money,” Dad, Sean, of Wentworth Falls told the Gazette earlier this year.
Madeleine Lindsell from the Museum confirmed the Trust had acquired the piece for a year on loan and had custom made a plinth and perspex lid for it.
The exhibit was seen by thousands of visitors during the recent Sydney Test against India and proved especially popular on rainy days when play was shut down and with younger visitors.
“It has been popular, particularly with children … it’s at eye level and they are Lego fanatics themselves,” Ms Lindsell said.
Explaining the decision to take the unique piece, she said: “We saw a picture of it and thought ‘Wow, that’s a good effort’.
It took three hours to pack it and another few hours to transport from their Blue Mountains home in its custom made frame and with a specialist art mover.
A plaque on the plinth quotes his interview with the Gazette last year.
Mother Simone Glassford said the family was hosted on Jane McGrath day and Curtis got to meet Sydney Trust members, as well as current and former Test players.
“It’s pretty special and they really honoured him on Jane McGrath day,” she said.
“It was quite amazing … fantastic. Curtis was met by several of the SCG management, players, and also had a long chat about his work with Jenny Morrison, the Prime Minister’s wife. He was also part of the chairman’s (of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust) opening speech, highlighting that kids in the next generation are not all screen junkies and will go on to great things.”
Curtis has been building Lego since he was three. With a special interest in maths, Curtis got the plans for the hallowed stand, then built it to scale. It is 40cm high, 90cm deep and 130cm wide, and includes seats, a bar with beer taps, toilets and small collectible Lego figurines.