AMAZING 15 YEAR OLD AUTISTIC BOY CREATES REPLICA OF THE TITANIC WITH LEGO
Iceland's Brynjar Karl Birgisson, 15, who has autism, says building the world record beating model gave him confidence. The replica is over 26 feet long, and 5 feet high. It consists of an estimated 65,000 bricks of lego and took over 700 hours to complete.
His grandpa helped him with the calculations to scale the Titanic’s plans down so that the ship would suit the 4cm Lego mini-figures. The model, previously displayed in Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Germany, has travelled to the Titanic Museum in Tennessee. In an interview with the museum Brynjar has said the experience had helped him with his autism:
“Although I’m still autistic and will always be, I have trained myself to be ‘as normal as possible’ – whatever normal means.“I was totally unable to communicate when I started the project and now I’m standing on stage and giving interviews. It has given me confidence. When I started the building process I had a person helping me in school in every step that I took, but today, I’m studying without any support. I have had the opportunity to travel and explore and meet wonderful people.”