I had the opportunity to see the traveling LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition exhibit at The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, MI. This exhibit contains 14 scale models of buildings from around the world built entirely out of LEGO bricks by LEGO architect Adam Reed Tucker. The exhibit will be at The Henry Ford until February 24, 2013.
The 14 models are:
- Ford Field - Detroit, MI
- Burj Khalifa - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Empire State Building - New York City, NY
- 2 World Trade Center - New York City, NY (formerly)
- Jin Mao Tower - Shanghai, China
- Fallingwater - Mill Run, PA
- Gateway Arch - St. Louis, MO
- Transamerica Pyramid - San Francisco, CA
- Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower) - Chicago, IL
- Chicago Spire - Chicago, IL (never actually built)
- Marina City - Chicago, IL
- Trump Tower Chicago - Chicago, IL
- 7 South Dearborn - Chicago, IL (also never built)
- John Hancock Building - Chicago, IL
As you will see in the TechRepublic photo gallery, these models are rather large — the tall ones standing seven feet or higher, with the tallest a whopping 17 feet six inches. The simplest of the models took 12 hours to design (2 World Trade Center), 40 hours to build (7 South Dearborn), and used 3,200 LEGO pieces (Gateway Arch). The most difficult and tallest model (Burj Khalifa) took 280 hours to design, 340 hours to build, and used 450,300 LEGO pieces.
Scale model of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater by LEGO architect Adam Reed Tucker (Photo: Wally Bahny/TechRepublic)
The exhibit also includes a LEGO Create area where visitors can create buildings of their own design; visitors' creations will be put on display for the remainder of the exhibit. There is also a LEGO train that arrived on November 20 (which was after my visit), and Duplo and Soft LEGO Play Area for the youngest architects out there, and special weekend events during December and January.
If you live in or are going to be in the Metro Detroit area during the exhibit's stay at The Henry Ford museum, I encourage you to stop by and take a look for yourself. The exhibit is free with museum admission purchase.