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Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture

LEGO models of some of the most noteworthy landmarks on earth.

  1. Constructed on the grounds of the Seattle Center for the 1962 World’s Fair, the shape of the Space Needle was inspired in part by a flying saucer. With its domed top (housing a rotating restaurant and observation deck) the Space Needle is a star in its own right having appeared in several movies including It Happened at the World's Fair (1962), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

    Photo courtesy of EMP staff.

  2. The Chrysler Building kept its famous spire a secret as it raced against the Manhattan Company to construct the tallest building in the world. Once erected, the famous Art Deco landmark soared to 1046 feet, but this success was short-lived. Hailed as the world's tallest building for 11 months, The Chrysler Building was soon surpassed by the Empire State Building, completed in 1931.

    Photo courtesy of Norton Museum of Art.

  3. Each structure in Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture was built by former LEGO® certified professional Dan Parker and TrainBuilder Productions, LLC. Parker received his first LEGO® set at the tender age of four. Just before the age of 30 he turned to them again, making a career out of a lifelong hobby. “I didn’t get into music or sports,” says Parker, “I got into engineering and design.”

    Photo courtesy of Norton Museum of Art.

  4. Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture invites you to piece together the perfect habitat. Find inspiration from the buildings on display, then create your own miniature monument to place in EMP's Mini Megalopolis.

    Photo courtesy of EMP staff.

Closes September 1, 2014

LEGO® technology has been used by scientists to create more efficient solar panels and reduce cell phone waste. Kids have been using bricks to build imaginative creations since LEGO® was invented in 1949. See these famous bricks all grown up in an exhibit that features model skyscrapers of some of the most noteworthy landmarks on earth built by former LEGO® certified professional artist Dan Parker and his Seattle-based TrainBuilder Productions, LLC.

View epic edifices that represent more than a hundred years of architectural innovation and nearly 200,000 LEGO® bricks. Stand next to American giants like the Chrysler Building and Hearst Tower, ‘60s visions of the future like the Space Needle, and international wonders like Dubai's Burj Khalifa—the tallest manmade structure in the world. Create a masterpiece of your own at a collaborative building area featuring LEGO® bricks within the gallery then build your own community by placing it in EMP’s Mini Megalopolis. Suitable for all ages.

Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture is made possible in part by support from:

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