An Icelandic boy who is fascinated by LEGOs built a 26-foot replica of Titanic, the fabled ship that sunk into the ocean after hitting an iceberg 106 years ago.
His replica is so impressive, it has traveled to a dozen destinations around the world before finally being placed in the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where it will be on display for the next year.
Brynjar Karl Bigisson first started playing with LEGOs at just 5 years old. As he got older, he became more and more inspired by people using the bricks to build giant, life-like sculptures.
At the age of 10, he decided to express his interest in the Titanic by making a replica of the ship.
With the help of his grandfather and an engineer to make the blueprints, Brynjar started building the toy ocean liner in a warehouse near his home in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The impressive creation took 700 hours (roughly 11 months) to build with 56,000 bricks and 120 tubes of crazy glue.
“The estimated cost for the … bricks I needed to start the project was $8,000 and then other costs (platform, tools, glue,) were around $2,000,” says Brynjar. “We managed to raise $3,000 with crowdfunding and $3,000 with book sales and sponsors. The LEGO group in Denmark gave me 30% discount on the LEGO Bricks I bought from them and some people donated their old LEGO bricks.”
Now 15 years old, the youngster has traveled all over the world to give speeches on his autism and what it was like to build the LEGO Titanic.
“This whole journey has helped me out of my autistic fog,” he said. “I was totally unable to communicate when I started the project and now I’m standing on stage and giving interviews. It has given me confidence. When I started the building process I had a person helping me in school in every step that I took, but today, I’m studying without any support. My grades have risen and my classmates consider me as their peer. I have had the opportunity to travel and explore and meet wonderful people.”
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