If you build it, they will come.
At least that's the hope of The Henry Ford as their newest exhibition, LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition, opens inside Henry Ford Museum on Saturday, Nov. 3.
The displays will include 13 large-scale models of world-famous buildings—including the Empire State Building, the Transamerica Pyramid, Trump Tower and more. Some of the structures will tower as high as 18 feet and use as many as 450,000 pieces without the use of glue or other adhesives
A trained architect, Adam Reed Tucker first began creating with LEGO® bricks as part of his art in 2003. The simplicity and nostalgic quality of LEGO® provides guests with a new, detailed look at the very familiar buildings included in the exhibition. The exhibition lets visitors see the complexity of each building’s design and engineering through Tucker’s LEGO ® recreations.
Tucker will unveil the newest model built specially for the exhibit: the home of the Detroit Lions, Ford Field.
Using the same blueprints from the construction of Ford Field, Tucker has rescaled the 1.85 million square foot complex into a 5-by-5 foot LEGO® sized structure. With football field and stadium seats included, the newest exhibition model was chosen based on its unique design, which incorporates the old Hudson’s warehouse that originally stood where the stadium is today.
“The planning and efforts that went into the design and construction of Ford Field were remarkable,” said Detroit Lions Team President Tom Lewand. “Having it commemorated as one of Detroit’s most iconic structures and having a LEGO model built and displayed along with some of the world’s most celebrated architecture is both flattering and humbling.”
Tucker will be on-hand throughout the weekend to put the finishing touches on the football stadium. Guests and football fans will also get the chance to meet with Detroit Lions mascot Roary on Saturday from 11 a.m.-noon at the museum.
In addition, guests looking to build their own LEGO®-sized structure will have the chance to add-on to our large-scale city map or take home their own creation.
The exhibit will run through Feb. 24, 2013.
LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition is free with admission into Henry Ford Museum. Admission is free for members. Nonmember tickets are $17 adults, $15 seniors (62 and up), $12.50 youth (5-12) and free for children ages 4 and under. For more information, call 313-982-6001, or visit www.thehenryford.org.