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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 07/ 4/2010

Recreating famous buildings out of Legos

By Washington Post Editors

Architectural artist Adam Reed Tucker is recreating famous buildings like the Empire State Building and World Trade Center with Legos in a new exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington.

Tucker's creations went on view Saturday and tower up to 18 feet tall. Some incorporate up to 450,000 Lego bricks.

Tucker was a practicing architect for 10 years. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he wanted to express his reverence for skyscrapers and their engineering. He decided to use Legos to help people relate to the architecture.

He says his models aren't literal replicas but are interpretations of the sculptural form.
Tucker will build his next model, the White House, within the exhibit. Visitors also can build their own Lego buildings. The display is on view until September.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | July 4, 2010; 12:24 PM ET
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