Rule Britannia! A UK team from LEGOLAND Windsor have smashed the record for the highest LEGO tower (previously held by South Korea) after putting the finishing touches to their 32m (105 ft) high behemoth. The tower was constructed with the help of thousands of volunteers who all helped to build the towering structure, but the final pieces -- nine Team GB LEGO Minifigures -- were put in place by the Danish LEGOLAND modelmaker team who travel the world with the tower.
“We are delighted to reclaim the record for Britain,” said the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort’s Divisional Director Sue Kemp. “We last held it in 2008 when it was a mere 29.26 meters (95.99 ft) tall. We’re very grateful to the thousands of people who helped create the tower, which is made from over 500,000 bricks. It took four days to build and is certainly an impressive feat.”
The challenge of building the world’s tallest tower from LEGO was first started in 1988 when a 15m (49 ft) tower was built in London. Since then, there have been 53 bigger towers across the world from South Korea to Sydney. The previous record of 31.9m (104.7 ft) was set in Seoul earlier this year.
The tower was partially constructed by members of the general public who were invited to build small sections on the ground. These pieces were then connected together into larger panels by Master LEGO Builders and then hoisted into place by crane. According to official figures, the structure comprises over 160 sections using more than half a million LEGO bricks and, of course, the nine minute LEGO Minifigures. The figures, symbolising of course the London 2012 Olympics, include a Boxer, a Stealth Swimmer, Relay Runner, Judo Fighter, Tennis Player, Weightlifter, Horse rider, Archer and Gymnast.
Now if only LEGO construction was an Olympic event…