A new, highly detailed replica of Munro’s Books is now on display in the downtown Victoria bookstore to help celebrate the business’ 60th anniversary.
The store commissioned 12-year-old Casper Larmon-Speers to make the LEGO replica of the 1909 heritage building.
The project took more than a year and a half to complete, and includes more than 5,000 bricks, with some sourced from as far away as Europe.
“It was mainly the designing process that took a while because it’s quite a complex bookstore with all the books and walls,” Larmon-Speers told CHEK News on Saturday.
“But actually building it doesn’t take as long as designing the different details.”
Video of the construction process shows Larmon-Speers taking reference photos of the building and creating digital plans before any bricks are connected.
The video also shows timelapses of the model coming together.
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According to Munro’s, some familiar faces are also recreated in the LEGO replica, including store founder Jim Munro.
Larmon-Speers says he has always been a fan of building LEGO projects, mostly official sets, but he has also made some unique designs that he created himself.
“I enjoy the designing and the architecture and stuff,” he said.
The model can be found in Munro’s Books at 1108 Government St. in downtown Victoria, and will be part of the store’s anniversary celebration on Sept. 16.