Has this election season left you yearning for some national pride? Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Washington might be just the place to find it. Lego Group will be displaying large-scale Lego replicas of the White House, the Washington Monument, the Statue of Liberty and other US landmarks from October 15th to 30th.
Alderwood Mall is the final stop on the 2016 Lego Americana Roadshow, which has visited nine other locations across the country since the beginning of the year. We think everything looks awesome — highlights include a Lego brick play area for children, a chance for attendees to build and take home their own Lego model and a scavenger hunt with prizes! Here’s a look at how a few of the designs were built.
The Lego Capitol Building stands 10 feet tall and is 25 feet, 7 inches long. A team of eight builders needed 1,700 hours to make the 1:29 scale model. The first dome of the real Capitol Building was finished in 1824 after more than 30 years of sporadic construction. It was made of wood covered by copper, and light was admitted through an oculus. By the 1850s, the dome was in constant need of repair and was considered a fire hazard. After a few bumps in the road — including a fight between designers — a new dome was completed in 1865.
The Lego Supreme Court was built in 450 hours by three builders. It is nearly 10 feet long and is a 1:54 scale model.
Three builders assembled the Lego Washington Monument in 250 hours. It stands 15 feet, 10 inches tall. The builders made the monument in sections and later stacked them on top of one another. It is a 1:35 scale model.
The Lego Liberty Bell was designed to be a 1:1 scale model. Including its “wooden” yoke, the model is 54 inches wide and 49 inches tall.
Curious about the builders who put all of the models together? According to Quartz, Lego Group employs a few “master builders” around the world to work on such projects. On the rare occasion that one of these highly coveted positions opens up, candidates must complete crazy challenges, like building a round object using Lego bricks.
Don’t miss your chance to learn about architecture, history and of course play with Lego!