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Seattle for Kids: Block by Block

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Warning: This exhibit may ignite (or re-ignite) an obsession with Legos®!

Now through Labor Day, just under the shadow of the actual Space Needle, you’ll be amazed by some of the world’s most noteworthy landmarks made entirely out of Legos®.  Block by Block, Inventing Amazing Architecture was designed and constructed by certified professional artist Dan Parker and his Seattle-based TrainBuilder Productions, LLC.  Born out of a desire to test the limits of what Legos® can actually do, Parker is one of only 13 people outside of Lego who is authorized to do work on this scale.

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Your creativity will take a trip around the world from Seattle’s Space Needle, to the Chrysler Building in New York City, and then overseas to the tallest man-made structure that currently exists in the world – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – all created literally “block by block.”  The nine showcased landmarks, ranging in height from four to nine feet tall, were constructed with nearly 200,000 bricks – no small task even for Lego® experts.  Each display features details on the actual real life height, location, number of bricks used and number of hours it took to build.

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After perusing the Block by Block masterpieces, visitors can take the inspiration of Parker’s project and try their own hand at the Lego® play area, suitable for kids of all ages.  Using a variety of blocks provided by the museum, guests scan then display their mini creations in the “Mini-Megalopolis.”

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This impressive, meticulous, timeless exhibit will tap into your creative side, and teach you a little something about some of the most amazing skyscrapers and landmarks of our time.  And on the way out,  stop by the gift shop for Lego® themed items sure to delight any brick-fanatic.

One warning: this is a small exhibit and will not take all day.  However, with paid admission to Block by Block, visitors can explore the entire EMP museum – and there is plenty to see and hear!  Get details on Brick by Brick here, and check out everything the EMP has to offer at empmuseum.org.

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