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Icelandic Teen's Giant Lego Titanic On Display in US

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Icelandic Teen's Giant Lego Titanic On Display in US

Photo: Screenshot from My Autistic X Factor TedTalk by Brynjar Karl Birgisson

A twenty-six-foot replica of the Titanic built by Icelandic teen Brynjar Karl Birgisson will be on display at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (US) until 2020, RÚV reports. The model is constructed from 65,000 Legos, took 700 hours to build, and, per a recent BBC profile, is the largest Lego model of the Titanic in the world.

Brynjar was just eleven years old when he began constructing the ill-fated ocean liner, and, with the help of his grandfather, used actual blueprints of the Titanic (along with pictures and smaller models) to determine how many blocks would be needed for his own large-scale rendering. After hearing about the project, Lego gave him a discounted rate on their blocks, and he also raised money for his materials from family and friends. Brynjar has been touring the model across Europe for the last five years, with shows in Norway, Sweden, and Germany.

Brynjar has autism and, as he explained in an interview with the Titanic Museum, “The whole journey has helped me out of my autistic fog...I was totally unable to communicate when I started the project. Now I'm standing on stage and giving interviews."

Mary Kellog, the co-owner of the Titanic Museum, said that she found out about the model in a letter that Brynjar’s mother, Bjarney Lúðvíksdóttir, sent her. “There was no place to keep it," Ms. Kellogg told The Knoxville Sentinel. "It was going to be destroyed unless they found it a home."

Read more about Brynjar’s Titanic project on his website (in English) here. You can also watch a video interview with Brynjar about the project here or his Ted Talk "My Autistic X Factor," here.

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