Tallest Lego Tower
April 17, 2011 by staff
When I was young, I built small boats of Lego to play in the bathtub. That’s the kind of things that I probably hit a lot in the streets of Sao Paolo, Brazil, where bricks appear to have their color a little bit more seriously. Nearly 6,000 manufacturers, mostly children, recently met with half a million Lego pieces to create a tower that reaches more than 102 feet into the sky. The giant took four days to build and is supported by several guy wires.
“This is a very interactive event where participating families, schools participating,” said Roberio Esteves, director of Lego in Brazil. “We promote teamwork to achieve our main objective, which aims to establish Brazil as the country holds the record for the Lego tower.”
Tower of Brazil captured the title of Chile, who set the previous record last year with a tower to stretch a little over 101 feet. But the competition to build the tallest tower in the world has been going on since the first record is created in the United Kingdom with a 43-foot tower in 1980. Since then the title has traveled worldwide to countries including Germany, Israel, USA, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia, Canada, Norway and Japan.
“I think this is very important to show the world that we like playing with Lego,” said 13-year-old, Gabriel Santos, who believes that the ongoing quest to build the tallest tower of Lego will help children connect worldwide. Nine-year-old Bruno Mendes had a more visceral reason for participating, however. “I really like risky things, like going down a huge tower where you can die,” he said.
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