L-Evolución, a exposition at the Human Evolution Museum, Burgos, Spain

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If you're in northern Spain this summer, be sure to check out this LEGO exhibition organised by ALE, Asociación de Aficionados a LEGO en España:

ALE presents L-Evolución, a exposition at the Human Evolution Museum at Burgos, from 3th of July until January 2014.

The exhibition consists of ten themed dioramas, each representing a characteristic time of evolution, covering no less than 3,500 million years, from the early Precambrian life forms to the present.

All dioramas include nods to the history of Spain, the city of Burgos and the Museum of Evolution, located in a privileged place, near Arlanzón river in front of the historic city centre.

Visitors who come to see the exhibition may also participate in a competition where they can get, of course, LEGO sets. Admission is free.

35 comments on this article

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By in United States,

This sounds like a pretty interesting exhibit. I'm not a believer in evolutionary theory myself - but I'd really like to see those dioramas (LEGO in the Precambrian? Awesome!). Too bad I won't be in Spain...

Huw, is there any chance someone could take pictures and post them here?

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By in Canada,

Zatth, evolution is true whether you believe it or not.

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By in United States,

Yeah, I don't believe in the theory of gravity, but if my hopes and wishes allow me to stick to the flat surface of this planet in the center of this 6,000 year old universe long enough to get to Spain, I'll check this out!

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By in United States,

And I second the request for pictures!

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By in Canada,

Kooz, since I don't subscribe to the theory of plate tectonics, why is it that Spain has separated from the North American continent? Should it not have remain attached therefore allowing me to make make the trip?

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By in United States,

I bet the models will be awesome, but it's soooo disappointing to hear that's it's based on stages of evolution.

@Non-Sequitor (& anyone else that feels the same): I encourage you to take just a few minutes reading articles on this site: http://creation.com/ It's extremely eye-opening.

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By in Canada,

Telcontar, please, don't insult us with this nonsense.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Indeed. Brickset is not the place to have this discussion.

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By in United States,

After visiting their website, it looks like these guys have some serious talent. It also looks like their exhibit is focusing on their local history, showing everything from the Roman era to the Industrial age. Sounds cool to me.

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By in United States,

@Huw. Why would you bring up something that supports the theory of evolution and then correct us for talking about it? It is ok to believe in creation and enjoy LEGO isn't it? Would you announce a LEGO event that supports Christianity? Both are belief systems and worldviews. Be wary of injecting your own beliefs into this website without allowing others to express theirs, whether you agree or not. I have a lot of respect for you, but I have to disagree with this stance.

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By in Canada,

@Guykir Huw is only showing a Lego event. The fact that it contains facts that you find in conflict with your personal views are not what this website is about. Nor should you attack him for it. It's about Lego and those who like to build with it, and not in support of any religion. So kindly keep your personal non related lego views to yourself.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ It's a LEGO-related event, that why it's being mentioned on this site....

And as for injecting his own beliefs, I don't see any evidence that Huw's doing that here. He's merely correctly making the point that this isn't the place for a theological discussion. Although to be honest, he would have been perfectly entitled to have injected his own beliefs if he had seen fit as this is his site, so he can do what he wants.

;-)

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By in United States,

@Wodanis. I am not attacking Huw or his supporting a show that supports evolution, but don't tell someone they can't talk about a subject that has been introduced. I wasn't going to comment about it at all until then. I don't believe I stated my beliefs, I just commented that you can't introduce a subject and tell people who do not agree not to say anything. It is a double standard. I just want to see articles about Lego on this website, not events that support a worldview and Lego. No offense to Huw or anybody else. I hope that clears it up.

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By in United States,

I wasn't trying to start a discussion, I was simply stating my opinion about the particular subject. Isn't that what the comment section is for?

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By in United States,

That is what I thought as well, Telcontar.

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By in Canada,

Well, this degenerated rather quickly.

Evolution as a fact is only contested by those who have an axe to grind against reason and scientific progress; be it through the narrow slots of their own world view or simply naive scientific illiteracy is irrelevant. Although this exposition is small and scale, demonstrating and educating a universal fact to children using LEGO as a medium is brilliant. Evolution is complicated (as demonstrated above) and any way to bring clarity on this subject is great.

Again, evolution is not a world view but an exceptionally well established and accurately demonstrated reflection of our natural world. It has it's detractors, but they form the tinniest film at the bottom of the discussion. They raise an alarm simply to insist on there being a controversy... which, with even the most pedestrian level of research, can reveal this to be a farce.

With that said (and I doubt those posting against this will bother to change their views, it's easier to deny than to make an effort to understand), I would love to see this taken up a notch and brought into my own country's natural history museums.

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By in New Zealand,

@Non-Sequitor Its quite amazing how you take scientists words as fact. That's a lot of faith your showing there. Have you personally experienced evolution on a grand scale yourself? I don't think so. You should watch a DVD called Reasonable doubt: Modern microbiology versus the theory of evolution. It is just a theory. You no different to the Muslim who says Allah exists and that's a universal fact. Cue your argument about no evidence supporting his claim, same old same old false claims. Your only seeing what you want to believe, doesn't make it fact. You come across as very judgmental of people who don't believe the same stories as you.

I personally don't agree with this lego exhibit and I reserve the right to. But for those who do support the theory of evolution i'm sure it will be very enjoyable.

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By in Canada,

Someone call PETA because this dead horse keeps getting beaten.

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By in United States,

On the one hand, no, I don't believe in evolution. I simply don't believe it happened.

However, in the same way, it's not as if the Lord of the Rings or Star Wars are real at all, and yet we all flock to see Star Wars and Lord of the Rings MOCs, right? As long as the building is good, I'd be perfectly happy to see it. Besides, and I'll admit that this is rather odd, when was the last time any of us saw a really good dinosaur MOC? :P

P.S. Sorry if the Lord of the Rings/Star Wars analogy is a bit off, I was simply trying to point out that a good MOC is a good MOC, pretty much always regardless of what it's based off.

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By in Canada,

I'd like to see what these displays are really like as I suspect most of the disapproval will be much about nothing. This isn't a religious discussion forum by the way. I tired to diffuse the conversation but it keeps churning.

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By in United States,

Let me ask a question. What do you like more? The new Lego sets that have EVOLVED from the old ones and are now on the shelves of all great toy stores for a price? Or the fabulous, beautiful, imaginative MOCs that have been CREATED and are shown at LEGO events and seen on YouTube for free? Gives you something to think about.

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By in United States,

Oh no.

I agree with Non-Sequitor in that this degenerated rather quickly.

I apologize for making the comment in the first place - I wasn't trying to push my beliefs on anyone or make a big statement, but I probably should have known better. Yes, I am a creationist - and I am fully willing to defend what I believe is the truth - but Huw is right, Brickset is not the place to argue about moral beliefs.

Huw would not have been able to describe the event at all without mentioning that it is centered around evolution, and that's okay - we may be able to enjoy the workmanship of these dioramas regardless of our moral belief.

Can we let this argument drop, now?

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By in United States,

First off let me state that Huw published this article so that if the exhibit seemed interesting to you, you would know that it was happening, he did not post an article asking about your opinion on the theory of evolution. I don't believe in the theory of evolution, but that is my, and so many others opinion.

Also as bricklover789 stated, Lego is about CREATING new models not changing old ones till they are great. Another thing is that there could be some good reasons that it is on evolution, not Creation. One: since the Brick Bible covers the entire Bible it is only fair that they do an exhibit on evolution. Two: There could be more people in Spain that believe in the theory of evolution than Creation. Or three: At the time people simply wanted to do an exhibit on evolution rather than Creation.

I will state again that I believe in Creation, however you must remember that for all we know, tomorrow there could be an article 'advertising' An exhibit on Creation. I am not trying to shove anything in your face but I am simply trying to end this argument that does not belong here. And Zatth, I agree with you, we must end this.

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By in Canada,

So many lack an education. I am never tired seeing the depth of human stupidity.

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By in United States,

^@Non-Sequitor: I think everyone knows where you stand in this discussion now. You've made you're point very clear. While we respect you opinion we ask that you do the same for us. Not everyone has to have the same opinion as you. If everything is a random mess of advanced primordial soup then why does it matter anyway? Please, let this argument drop. The article is about alerting people to a LEGO event in Spain, not for starting a long Creation/Evolution debate.

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By in United Kingdom,

The purpose of posting was of course to alert people about the event. I certainly did not expect a Creation/Evolution debate as a result, perhaps because the Creationist movement is virtually non-existent here in the UK.

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By in Spain,

As a member of ALE!, I want to thank everyone for making this event Eco, I will not get into the discussion, because for us it is a way to get together with friends AFOL, but if you want to see, Romans Lokosuperfluolegoman diorama details, Brikilla (the gallery), and I , want to recreate, thanks again .......... See You ¡¡¡¡
http://www.flickr.com/photos/brickilla/9128294590/

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By in United Kingdom,

Funny how almost all the comments against evolution are from Americans.

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By in United States,

@bruce n h

Thanks! The dioramas look good, I especially like the Roman City! (Now I want to build an aqueduct... :P)

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By in Spain,

Do you really want to discuss Evolution in a LEGO page? Really?

I am proud to recommend this Event being a member of ALE, Awsome and different MOCs are there, sure you'll enjoy with the photos. (LokosuperfluoLEGOman's Roman City is incredible!)

Good Job!

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By in Spain,

Evolution or Creation!. That's not the issue, I think. We're just talking about LEGO... And it's a lot of fun for all of us :)

Thanks everyone for the nice comments about the constructions. We appreciate that :) :)

We haven't already uploaded the pictures to our flickr account (we will, ASAP!), but we have prepared some articles and webpages with lots of pictures. Sure you'll like them ;)

These are the 10 small but nice dioramas we are showing in L-Evolution, from Precambric to the today's landscape of Burgos, the hosting town of our event.

http://www.alebricks.com/MEH/1 -->Precambric, 350 million years ago
http://www.alebricks.com/MEH/2 -->The dinosaurs era
http://www.alebricks.com/MEH/3 -->The findings of the Homo Antecesor in "Sima de los Huesos", exhibited in the same museum where our exposition is placed
http://www.alebricks.com/MEH/4 -->The first human settlements in palafitos
http://www.alebricks.com/MEH/5 -->The ancient Rome.
http://www.alebricks.com/MEH/6 -->Medieval times
http://www.alebricks.com/MEH/7 -->Napoleon invades Spain
http://www.alebricks.com/MEH/8 -->A mine railway to operate iron and coal-rich mines late 19thcentury, led to the discovery one of the most important archaeological sites around the world
http://www.alebricks.com/MEH/9 -->The Atapuerca archaeological excavation site
http://www.alebricks.com/MEH/0 -->Burgos today, a recreation of the Human Evolution Museum where the exhibition is hosted

I hope you all like the constructions despite you beliefs.

If any of you has the luck to pass by, the exhibition will be open till January, you have plenty of time to plan your visit to Burgos, a lovely place in the northern plains of Spain.

Thanks Huw for the link to the event, and sorry for the controversy about L-Evolution or Creation ;)

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By in United States,

[prepares for a religion war]

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By in United States,

@PuliPuli: Thanks for providing pictures of your group's build! It certainly is nice to look at! :D

One minor point I might suggest is custom building dinosaurs instead of using stock ones, but given that I have no clue how one would do that, I suppose I can't rightly expect it from others. :P Keep on building!

@Blastem: Agreed, the Roman city looks fantastic! I don't believe I've ever seen LEGO aqueducts (spelling?) before, and the overall architecture is great.

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