Lego exhibition depicting the life of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, marks the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. Sharon Reich reports.
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**THE MUSIC TRACK IN THIS VIDEO NEWS STORY MUST ONLY BE USED AS PART OF THIS PRODUCTION AND MUST NOT BE STRIPPED OUT AND USED IN ANY OTHER CONTEXT OR PRODUCTION, OR USED IN ANY RE-EDIT OR CUT DOWN OF THE PRODUCTION~** On June 18, 1815 British and Prussian forces defeated Napoleon's French army. With 50,000 dead, it was the final blow to the empire Napoleon established, and is best known as the Battle of Waterloo. 200 years on, the Belgian town of Waterloo looks at various milestones in Napoleon's life through lego. French designer Eric Jousse is behind the team that put in thousands of hours of brick work. SOUNDBITE: Eric Jousse, Exhbition designer and promoter, saying (French): "More than 20 people - modelers and builders - worked on the Waterloo exhibition using about one million building blocks. . This represents around 1,000 hours of construction work. And this is only to create Wellington's headquarters, Napoleon's headquarters, the Lion's Mound and the flag of Waterloo. To this, you have to add 10,000 hours for works that were produced previously." Jousse is referring to the first part of the Lego exhibit, which was produced for an anniversary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte's first wife, Josephine. Now, the team adds the battle headquarters as well as the Lion's Mound, a monument commemorating the battle. Waterloo Alderman Yves Vander Cruysen, says Lego provides a creative lens to view an important milestone. SOUNDBITE: Waterloo alderman Yves Vander Cruysen and exhibit initiator, saying (French): "Here, we wanted to do something for children, who generally come with their parents and grandparents. This exhibition meets our expectations. It allows a better understanding of the Battle of Waterloo and the 'Empire' period for all generations in a playful way." Rounding out the exhibit are Lego impressions of the emperor's iconic bicorn, his throne and a reworking of painter Jacques-Louis David's well known work, 'Napoleon Crossing the Alps."