There is no doubt that everyone at ForeverGeek has this thing about LEGO – who doesn’t, anyway? Just take a quick look at the numerous LEGO posts that we have, and you’ll know what I mean.
The chances are that you are also into LEGO, and just in case you have this thing for maps as well, here is the perfect obra maestra for you to feast your eyes on this Monday morning: Europe rendered solely using LEGO bricks.
The name of the project is surprisingly ordinary and seemingly uninspired – Euromap, but the result of the hard work of five LEGO fans from Europe is anything but. The idea was born on the last evening of the LEGO Fan Weekend 2009 in Skaerbaek when fans Vanessa Graf, Tanja Kusserow-Kurth, Torsten Scheer, Bruno Kurth and Tobias Reichling put their heads together. A year later, they showed the world what they – together with the support of other LEGO fans – have come up with.
The nifty thing about this piece of work is that they went beyond merely mapping out the countries. More than that, the guys added special places of interest and created well known landmarks, also built of LEGO bricks, of course.
Recognize this one? I think it is supposed to be leaning, but perhaps they couldn’t quite get away with that piece of detail given what they have to work with. That’s the Leaning Tower of Pisa for you.
How about this? The Atomium in Brussels, Belgium was built in for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair with the original idea of depicting an inverted Eiffel Tower. Obviously, that didn’t quite work out, and they a different kind of symbol altogether. Geekier, at the very least!
Now for the details of the masterpiece:
- Number of bricks: ca. 53.500 (only relief)
- Area: 480 studs x 480 studs (3,84 m x 3,84 m)
- Number of studs: 230.400 studs in the base area plus 453.026 studs additional
- Time: April till September 2010