Preston girl’s vision of Britain by 2219 created in Lego

Posted on - 19th March, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News
Saira with her drawing and the Lego recreation
Saira with her drawing and the Lego recreation

Flying cars, train tracks in the sky and jet-packs being the primary mode of travel is how Britain will be by 2219.


A seven-year-old Preston has won a nationwide competition with her drawing of the future.

Saira Ali was crowned the winner for her illustration in the Legoland Discovery competition of ‘sky orbs’ lighting up the night sky, flying cars, dragons and ice cream buildings.

Her drawing is now to be transformed into a giant Lego model on display at Legoland Discover Centre in Manchester.

It took 31 hours for model builder James Windle to build and spans 50cm in height, 60cm in width and includes 4,385 lego bricks.

The Lego creation of Saira's drawing
The Lego creation of Saira’s drawing

One of the UK’s leading futurologists Richard Watson reviewed hundreds of entries from children across the UK.

He said: “I saw hundreds of interesting and creative visions of how we could be living in the future, highlighting what the next generation imagines our lives will be like. What stood out to me about Saira’s picture was how imaginative it was – from ice cream buildings to sky orbs to flying cars, she certainly shows an interesting vision of the future! If we already have driverless cars now, who’s to say we won’t have flying cars by 2219? Ice cream buildings are probably a bit more of a stretch, but who knows?!”

Saira, from Fishwick, has won a year’s membership to the Lego centre at Manchester.

She said: “The world right now isn’t very colourful, so in the future I want everything to be more colourful and eye catching – that’s why I put lots of rainbow colours in there.

“The flying cars just came off the top of my head, because it would be cool if you looked outside and all the cars were floating in the air with wings on them.”

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