Gayle Anderson was live in Glendale at the Glendale Galleria where the public can see the LEGO MONUMENTS TOURS, 10 Lego sculptures of historic monuments created by a team of 18 people out of nearly one million Lego pieces on display throughout the mall this month.
Glendale is the first of nine cities throughout the country, and the only one in California, whose malls this year will host the traveling exhibit, which includes a life-size replica of the Liberty Bell, as well as a 9-foot-tall sculpture of the Statute of Liberty and a 2.5-foot-tall sculpture of the White House.
The largest Lego monument featured in the exhibit is that of the U.S. Capitol Building, which took a team of eight builders 1,700 hours to build.
The Lego pieces used to construct the monuments are actually the same standard pieces available at the Lego store. “Technically anyone can build this,” said Vince Rubino, Lego’s senior manager of event marketing. “There are no special pieces, no short cuts.” The builders did, however, include metal pieces inside the structures for support and glued the pieces together for safe traveling, he added.
The exhibit, which features a play area for children to build race cars and other structures out of Legos, runs through Sunday, February 22nd.
Lego produced a similar monument tour in the late 1980s, though all of the sculptures on display at the Glendale mall were rebuilt from scratch last year and designed with more details and accuracy, Rubino said. “What we found back then, the pride in America still resonates now,” Rubino said. “These are buildings everybody knows about, that children studied in school.”