Replica of Olympic host city took 50 Lego builders 2,500 hours to create over one year
There are many attractions on Olympic Boulevard, the largest live site for the Rio 2016 Games, but one in particular has stood out this week. A model of the city of Rio de Janeiro, made of nearly one million Lego bricks, has been a big hit with the public.
Built to celebrate the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the model took 50 Lego builders 2,500 hours to create over one year, according to Lego master model builder Paul Chrzan. It features the Olympic rings, stadiums and iconic sites in Rio.
The structure is composed of roughly 953,000 pieces of Lego. Chrzan said the builders used 10 different scales in order to fit the monuments into the 5m x 6m space.
Lego, in partnership with the Danish government, created the model as a legacy gift to Rio de Janeiro. The model will be exhibited on Olympic Boulevard until August 21. After the Games, it will be donated to the city’s Museu da Cidade.
Here is a video of the Lego builders at work: