Brynjar Karl Birgisson, a 17-year-old who lives in Iceland, is on the autism spectrum. He is also fascinated by the Titanic and used to love Legos. Back in 2013, he decided to combine his passions and construct what became the world’s largest replica of the Titanic made from Legos.
Birgisson’s ambitious project took 700 hours over an 11-month period. He also needed around 56,000 Lego blocks to complete his ship, though that number skyrocketed to 65,000 after one of the ship’s front parts broke, according to The Guardian. When he finished, the result was 5 feet tall and 24 feet long.
Now known as “the Lego boy,” Birgisson has become internationally famous. His model has been touring the world. It has been displayed at museums in Norway, Sweden, and Germany. Starting in October 2019, Birgisson’s model was put on display at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It stayed there until the end of 2020.
The museum posted a Q&A session with Birgisson in which they discussed his project. At one point, Birgisson admitted that he became frustrated and wanted to give up on a couple of occasions because the stern collapsed. He also talked about how his mother and grandfather helped him with his project.
To this day, Birgisson continues to wow people from all over the world with his impressive Lego creations of all shapes and sizes. Read on to find out more about the amazing projects Birgisson has created and what’s still in store for “the Lego boy.”
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According to the Titanic Pigeon Forge, Birgisson’s grandfather helped him with the calculations to ensure that his model was built to scale. He started with the assumption that a four-centimeter Lego man was equivalent to a human of 1.75 meters (5’8). That told him how large the model had to be and how many Lego bricks would be needed to make it.
Birgisson’s mother helped him with those aspects of the project that required an adult, like online crowdfunding and finding a warehouse for the construction of the model. She also helped him handle interviews.
Birgisson later gave a TED Talk about his project and the obstacles he needed to overcome in order to achieve it. He has also written a book, My Autistic X Factor, in which he defines an “x factor” as a special talent. Birgisson believes that everybody has an x factor that makes them special; it just may take them time to find it.
It premiered in March 2020 at a local movie theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, according to Attractions Magazine. Birgisson hopes his documentary will raise awareness of autism and encourage schools and businesses to be more accepting and respectful of the needs that people with autism have.
Birgisson is continuing to design more Lego creations. According to his Facebook, in May 2022, he traveled to Denmark on a Boeing 737 with his friend Mikael to showcase their Lego Boeing 737 at a special event at the Frederiksberg Center in Copenhagen. We can’t wait to see what this talented individual creates next!
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