10-year-old autistic boy builds world's largest Titanic LEGO replica

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Published: Apr. 17, 2018 at 7:43 PM EDT
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Brynjar Karl Birgisson, a 10-year-old autistic boy from Iceland, built the world's largest RMS Titanic LEGO replica, which made its American debut Monday at the Titanic museum and attraction in Pigeon Forge. Monday's unveiling was Birgisson's only US appearance with the replica.

The museum announced Birgisson's visit was also part of its celebration of Autism Awareness Month.

Museum officials said the replica was built entirely from 56,000 LEGO bricks and stands 26-feet-by-5-feet. It has been anchored at the Titanic Museum Attraction and will be featured throughout its 2018 season.

“We’re proud that the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge will be the first and only place in the United States where the Titanic LEGO® replica can be seen,” said attraction owner Mary Kellogg. “We’ve brought it all the way from Iceland to showcase as one of our major 2018 exhibits.”

“I am very honored and happy that my project was an inspiration to so many others and also motivation to follow your own dreams,” said Brynjar.

“Although young Brynjar’s inspiring story has already generated wide, international attention, media coverage, a popular children’s book and applauded appearances on television as well as on TED TALK where he told his story in his own, unfaltering words, we’re happy to showcase his LEGO® replica masterpiece for the first time in the United States,” said Kellogg. “It will be inspiring to witness Brynjar seeing his LEGO® replica for the first time in the U.S. during his visit to Titanic Museum Attraction on April 18 and we look forward to helping him share his story with the media and the rest of the world.”

Brynjar has pledged to continue sharing his story by visiting students across East Tennessee during his week-long visit.

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