They may be thermoplastic polymer toys, but that doesn't mean that LEGO bricks can't be taken seriously. This past month, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago opened a 7000-square-foot exhibition titled Brick By Brick, which brings together the fun world of LEGO with the technical world of architecture. Hundreds of hours were spent putting tens of thousands of LEGOs together to form massive sculptures of some of the world's most famous buildings, from the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, to Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World Resort.
According to a press release from the museum, Adam Reed Tucker, one of only 14 LEGO Certified Professionals in the world, is the pro builder responsible for the sculptures featured in the exhibit. Having worked with the LEGO Group on the official LEGO Architecture sets, Tucker knows a thing or two about making expansive pieces that are sturdy and accurate. Other sculptures made by his hands that are on display in Brick by Brick include One World Trade Center (25,500 bricks), the Golden Gate Bridge (64,500 bricks), the International Space Station (2500 bricks), the Great Pyramid of Giza (24,000 bricks), and the Hoover Dam (42,800 bricks).
There are great resources online where LEGO builders share detailed model plans so that others can mimic them, but most of Tucker's creations are the result of many hours of trial and error. To see how much his hard work paid off, and to build your own structures and test them in earthquake simulators and wind tunnels, visit the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago between now and February 2017.
Images via J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago