British LEGO artist extraordinaire Warren Elsmore was invited to Denmark to build a replica of the Olympic Park out of that country’s biggest export: LEGOs. The project took more than 300 hours to complete and required over 250,000 bricks, most of them the hard-to-place 1x1’s. Of course, Elsmore could not reproduce all of the Olympic venues and their attendant structures, though he did make a faithful attempt to render Anish Kapoor’s insanely complex ArcellorMittal Orbit Tower, in addition to the Olympic Stadium, Zaha Hadid’s Aquatic Center, and the curve-ridden Basketball Arena.
The replica has attracted over 100,000 visitors while on display in Central London and is sure to attract many more. After all, Elsmore has rendered the Olympic Park with stunning accuracy given constraints of scale (some details of the buildings are smaller than the smallest blocks). We must admit, though, that seeing a LEGO figurine reach from the floor of the Olympic Stadium to the ceiling seems a bit outlandish, if not wonderfully evocative.
Water Polo Arena
Images: Warren Elsmore via designboom