Blockbuster! Lego Notre Dame smashes world record
Unmasked yesterday inside the National Stadium in Warsaw, a stunning replica of Notre Dame cathedral appears to have smashed all prior records to become the world’s largest Lego structure.
Measuring 2.73 metres in height, 3.7 metres in length and 142 centimetres in width, the blockbusting marvel was the result of a 500-hour effort undertaken by Ivan Angeli.
Weighing in at a hefty 250 kilograms, over 400,000 Lego bricks were used to reimagine the Parisian landmark in miniature form.
Regarded as one of the greatest cultural disasters in recent times, the fire that swept through the French cathedral last year shocked the planet and made headline news across the world.
Aiming to celebrate its brighter years, the organizers behind the Lego model are hopeful that this remake will serve as a preview of the cathedral that will once again rise over the skyline of Paris.
Attended by officials from the Guinness Book of Records, yesterday’s ceremony appears to be nothing more than a formality even though it could take weeks for the result to be properly rubber-stamped – as it stands, the current holder of the record muscles in at a mere 1.5 metres in height, three metres in length and one in breadth.
Though record busting, the Notre Dame model represents a fleeting element of an exhibition that has held hobbyists across Poland in rapture.
Now in its fourth year, the event has seen the debut of 130 Lego models, among them a seven-metre tall version of the twin towers that once gazed over New York, a “Star Destroyer” built from 900,000 Lego blocks and figures of Elvis, Freddie Mercury and a tuxedo-clad Robert Lewandowski with his wife, Anna, on his arm.
Also included in the exhibition – which runs until March – are one-to-one scale figures of Harry Potter characters as well as a Christmas themed village, a 15-metre long roller coaster and a 25 sq/m amusement park.
Polish history has not been ignored either with patriotically-minded highlights including scenes from the Battle of Grunwald and the “baptism of Poland”.