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article imageArtist re-creates Olympic village from Lego bricks

By Tim Sandle     Aug 5, 2012 in Entertainment
Artist Warren Elsmore and his wife have spent 300 hours building a model of the Olympic Stadium, the Orbit Tower and the Athletes Village, made entirely out of LEGO bricks.
Warren Elsmore, who primarily works with LEGO bricks, has, as reported by Pocket-lint, constructed a detailed replica of the Olympic park, complete with sculptures, stadiums and the aquatics center.
The main structures are the Anish Kapoor’s Orbit, Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Center, Wilkinson Eyre Architects’ Basketball Arena, Hopkins Architects’ Velodrome, and Populous’ Olympic Stadium.
The Lego Olympics model
The Lego Olympics model
Warren Elsmore
According to Gizmodo, the LEGO model consists of roughly 250,000 Lego bricks. The construction weighs between 170 and 180 pounds and cost about $30,000 to build. Elsmore spent around 300 hours over a three full working week period designing and building the model.
There are some requisite LEGO mini-figures in the model. The minifigures showcased in the front of the model are, given the artist's nationality, the Great Britain team athlete minifugures, which were released for the Olympic Games by Lego. The figures, Inhabitots notes, include a horse back rider, a swimmer and a gymnast.
The structure can be seen in the Imagine Denmark tourism tent near the real Olympic village.
Warren Elsmore bills himself as a "freelance LEGO artist". The artist is quoted on Designboom as saying the following about his project "I was commissioned by the LEGO group and visit Denmark to celebrate the London Olympic games and to create something truly spectacular to promote one of Denmark's' biggest exports."
The artist has said that the model will be available for sale after the event. The price will be on slightly above the amount spent on LEGO bricks: $31,000.
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