A 10-year-old boy on the autism spectrum from Reykjavik, Iceland, built the world’s most giant Lego replica of the doomed Titanic liner over 700 hours — 11 months.
Legos are a favorite toy among most children. These tiny interlocking plastic bricks can be used to make a variety of beautiful creations; all you need is a creative mind and some artistic skílls, similar to those possessed by a young boy named Brynjar Karl Birgisson.
In the case of Brynjar, these bricks not only a̾s̾sisted him in building the giant replica of the Titanic when he was only ten years old but also a̾s̾sisted him in dealing with his autism and inability to put words together.
According to him, he could speak until the age of three, when he suddenly became unable to produce sentences. This clever boy told My Autistic X Factor, “Suddenly, I couldn’t say all the things I wanted to say.” All of the words I’d learned vanished into a fog. I went from being a happy boy to an unhappy and lonely boy. I felt stymied, trapped in my fog… “I couldn’t put words together.”
Brynjar was diagnosed with autism at the age of five. He turned to pictures instead of words to help him learn. “When I went to Legoland in dєnmαrk with my mother and saw for the first time all the fantastic large models of famous houses, planes, locations, and ships, I probably began to consider making my own Lego model. By the age of ten, I was considering building the Lego Titanic model on Lego man scale, “Brynjar explained.
Sweet Brynjar developed a pa̾s̾sion for legos and ships over time, which resulted in the incredible creation of a giant Titanic replica ever. “It took 11 months and 700 hours to build my 6.5 meters (21.3 foot) long dream ship out of 56,000 bricks,” he explained.
He had the support of his family, particularly his grandfather, and everyone who contributed to the purchase of the bricks through crowdfunding.
The Titanic Brynjar built out of Legos took him to many places, including s̾w̾e̾d̾e̾n, Norway, Iceland, and Germany, as well as the United States, where he could show off his creation.
“I was completely unable to communicate when I began the project, and now I’m standing on stage and giving interviews,” Brynjar told The Guardian.
“It gave me confidence.” When I first began the construction process, I had someone a̾s̾sisting me in school every step of the way, but now I’m studying independently. I’ve had the chance to travel, explore, and meet beautiful people.”
Listen to Brynjar brag about the giant Titanic replica made of Lego bricks.