Now, we've all seen some pretty elaborate Lego projects over the years, but there has never been one quite as patriotic as this. On Wednesday, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington built a gigantic American flag out of more than 100,000 Legos to commemorate the opening of its renovated Innovation Wing, whose exhibits are dedicated to American capitalism and enterprise. I mean, come on. Amurrica + Legos? It can't get any better than this.
The Lego-fied flag was made out of 109,200 bricks, to be exact, and measures a sizable 9.5 feet by 14 feet. The 560-pound creation took 16 hours to design and 11 hours to build and will be available for viewing until the end of summer. If you're heading to the National Mall in the coming months, you really need to go to this museum and check it out.
According to BuzzFeed, 15,000 visitors and museum workers came together to stack the little blocks in the familiar red, white, and blue, and Lego master builder Chris Steininger put the final piece in place. In case you were wondering how this work of art was made, watch Steininger talk about the efforts that went into building the world's biggest Lego American flag.
Amanda Santoro, who's in charge of brand relations for the Lego Group, told MSNBC the flag was a great way to honor the innovation that went into this country and, of course, Lego creations.
The inventors and inventions on display in the museum’s new Innovation Wing, and children’s Lego creations made on a playroom floor, are rooted in the same thing — creativity and imagination.
In fact, the company is currently asking for revolutionary thinkers to pitch ideas for its "Are You A Lego Maker?" Prototyping Challenge, an invention contest that will award 50 winners a kit of thousands of bricks and gadgets to turn their visions into a reality. Submissions will be accepted until July 13.
Let's be real, this Lego American flag is the perfect way to throw some childhood nostalgia into your Fourth of July celebrations. Go on and feel that American pride.
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