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Monday, 11 February, 2013 6:25 PM

'LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition' is eye-opening at The Henry Ford

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Detroit's own Ford Field is one of many buildings on display inside the new Lego exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

 

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DEARBORN, Mich. -- AmericaJR.com had the opportunity to see the "Lego Architecture: Towering Ambition" exhibit inside The Henry Ford on Sunday. This exhibit travels from city to city to display some of the most famous buildings in the world and made entirely from Legos. It takes imagination and skill to re-create these buildings from scratch with such precision.

The first building we saw was the Burj Khalifa building which is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It currently has 162 stories and is the tallest building in the world. This magnificent jewel in the center of downtown Dubai is a world-class tourist destination. The building officially opened on Jan. 4, 2010.

Then we saw Ford Field located right here in Detroit, home of the Detroit Lions. Construction was completed in 2002. This is an entertainment venue, which includes not only football, but concerts, conventions and trade shows. It holds 65,000 seats. This lego model is my favorite because it is so colorful. It is, however, still under construction with no facts and figures of how many legos were used.

The Empire State Building is located in New York City. Construction on the 102-story building was completed in 1931. It was once considered the tallest building in the United States for 40 years until the World Trade Center North tower was completed in 1972 with 110 stories. The Empire State Building is the most famous office building in the world and is a national historic landmark. The lego model is 7 feet, 6 inches in height with 12,200 legos used. It took 150 hours to build.

The Jin Mao Tower is located in Shanghai, China. This building has 88 stories and was fully operational in 1999. It has an advanced structural engineering system, which can handle typhoon winds of up to 200 km/h and earthquakes up to seven on the Richter scale. The lego model is 8 feet in height and uses 16,450 legos. The build time was 200 hours.

The Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is located in Chicago. It has 108 stories with a completion date of 1973. The lego model is 9 feet, 6 inches tall with 5,850 legos used. The model was built in 50 hours.

The Chicago Spire is an interesting building because it looks like it was twisted from top to bottom. This building initially had financial problems which resulted in halted construction. The lego model is 10 feet tall with 17,450 legos used. The build time was 200 hours.

Marina City located in Chicago occupies an entire city block on State Street. They are both round structures, which house commercial and residential occupants. Construction was completed in 1964. The Lego model is 4 feet in height with 9,100 legos used. Its building time took 120 hours.

Trump Tower Chicago is a skyscraper condo-hotel located in downtown. It is adjacent to the Chicago River with a view of Lake Michigan beyond a series of bridges over the river. Bill Rancic was the winner of the first season of "The Apprentice" and chose to manage the construction of the tower. The Lego model stands 8 feet tall with 11,100 legos used and was built in 80 hours.

Seven South Dearborn is located in Chicago and looks like several boxes stacked on top of each other. Construction was completed in 2004 and is an extremely narrow structure with far less interior space than many shorter skyscrapers. The Lego model is 10 feet, 6 inches tall with 6,400 lego pieces used. The building time was 30 hours.

The John Hancock Building is located in Chicago and was named for the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. There is a restaurant on the 95th floor called the Signature Room where diners can look out at the city of Chicago and Lake Michigan. There is also an observatory attraction with an open-air skywalk. The Lego model is 9 feet high with 9,850 legos used and the building time was 80 hours.

These are some of the famous buildings that are located in this exhibit. However there are many more, but you have to see them for yourself. As you exit, there is a store which sells Legos, of course. They also have puzzles of famous buildings, books about Legos, Christmas ornaments of famous buildings and a host of other fun things to build for purchase. At the very end of the exhibit, there were tables of legos, so guests can interact and use their imagination to build anything they want.

I would recommend everyone to see the Lego Architecture exhibit, which runs until Feb. 24, 2013. The Henry Ford is located in Dearborn, Michigan on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard, just west of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and south of Michigan Avenue (US-12).

For more information about "Lego Architecture: Towering Ambition," visit www.thehenryford.org.

Related Story: 'Driving America' is now on display at The Henry Ford in Dearborn

 

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Entrance to the special exhibit

 

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The Burj Khalifa tower is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

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Ford Field is still under construction

 

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New York City's Empire State Building made of Legos

 

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Sign above the entrance

 

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