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History of the World in Lego
January 28, 2015   
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Architectural landmarks, historic sites, scenes from fairy tales, famous ships and lots of other objects, all made of Lego bricks, are on show at Warsaw’s National Stadium in the Lego Structure Exhibition.

This is the largest project of its kind in Poland, as shown by the sheer amount of Lego and other equipment used: it took 10 big trucks to bring it to Warsaw. The exhibition occupies 2,300 square meters of space with millions of bricks used in over 150 scale models and mock-ups.

Visitors to the National Stadium can see structures that are up to 3 meters tall and made of hundreds of thousands of components as well as ones spreading over the area of a medium-sized conference room. Combining fun with education, the items on show include characters, places and scenes from popular movies and fairy tales, mock-ups of historical scenes and scale models of some of the world’s most famous structures. One of these is a meticulously built scale model of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. The exhibition’s chief attractions also include a 1:25 scale model of the Titanic that is 11 meters in length and stands 3 meters tall. Made of 500,000 Lego bricks, the ship is rendered in fine detail, and visitors can check out what the ill-fated liner looked like inside.

Space travel and sci-fi fans will be happy to see a scale model of the Star Destroyer spacecraft from the Star Wars movies. This model is over 2 meters in length and 125 centimeters in height and weighs over 50 kilograms. The exhibition also includes a group of programmable Lego robots that respond to a variety of stimuli, including movement.

Visitors interested in history are in for a treat too, as the exhibition includes a mock-up of a section of the Roman Forum. This 5-square-meter replica of the famous site in ancient Rome comprises the Arch of Septimus Severus, the Temple of Peace and the Temple of Vespasian, built in 81 AD.

Child visitors will have a lot of fun watching a Lego scene featuring the Moomins from the popular children’s books by Tove Jansson and from animated movies based on the books.

In addition to scale models, the exhibition consists of several mosaics made of Lego depicting prominent public figures and pop-culture icons such as Jim Morrison, Bob Marley, Barack Obama and Lech Wałęsa.

Many of the items on show are fitted with mechanisms allowing visitors to interact with them.

Until Feb. 15
Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
National Stadium, Gate 1
Tickets available at the entrance and online at
www.wystawaklockow.pl
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