The world’s tallest Lego tower has been erected in South Korean capital Seoul, after five days of work. The tower, which measures some 31.9 metres in height, took a team of 4,000 children to build and uses some 500,000 bricks.
It begins with a cross formation at the base for stability, and tapers towards the peak, where the final pieces were added with the aid of a hammer to ensure the tower was even.
In a nail-biting finish, Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark, Lego’s original homeland, ascended the tower on a hydraulic platform to press the last brick into place.
The event was scheduled to mark the 80th birthday of the children’s favourite — since its conception by Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen in 1932, Lego has become a worldwide phenomenon, with 36 billion bricks produced every year (around 1,140 a second).
The Seoul tower now stands as the tallest Lego structure ever made, having overtaken a tower in France which measured 31.6 metres, although given that the record has been broken some 30 times, it may not be long before it’s toppled again.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.