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I was able to embrace my autism through the building process: Autistic boy, who built the largest lego Titanic replica

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 18 April 2018, 13:13 IST

According to the sources, an autistic Icelandic boy made world's largest replica of the Titanic with lego sticks and it will be put for display for the first time in a US museum.

It took over 700 hours and 11 months to make the Lego replica of the sinked Titanic. Brynjar Karl Birgisson has autism spectrum, he used 56,000 bricks to make the eight-metre replica. The replica is 26 feet long and 5 feet tall.

The 15-year-old said, "After the front part broke, we had to buy more, taking it to a total of around 65,000."

Brynjar narrated the story about playing with Lego when he was 5-yar-old, "I sometimes built from instructions, and sometimes, I used my own imagination."

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Initially, he was obsessed with trains but it changed when his grandfather took him for fishing on a boat. Brynjar was 10-year-old, he knew everything possible about the Tiatnic.

Brynjar was previously displayed in Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Germany, and has now travelled to the Titanic Museum in Tennessee. The boy will be present at the venue on April 21, 2018.

Brynjar said, "When I traveled with my mom to Legoland in Denmark and saw for the first time all the amazing big models of famous houses and planes, locations and ships, I probably then started to think about making my own Lego model. By the time I was 10, I started to think about building the Lego titanic model in a Lego man size."

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His mother Ludviksdottir was a huge motivation, he said, "If she had not supported my dream project, it would have never been a reality.'

He could afford the Lego sticks as his friends and family supported him with donations. He said, "I was able to embrace my autism through building the Titanic replica."

Brynjar explained, "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. My grades have risen, and my classmates consider me as their peer. I have had the opportunity to travel and explore and meet wonderful people."

He has been to the US to deliver a Kids TED talk about his autism and the Titanic replica project.

"Although I'm still autistic and will always be, I have trained my self to be 'as normal as possible'... Whatever normal means," he said.

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First published: 18 April 2018, 13:13 IST
 
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