Brynjar Karl Birgisson, the autistic Icelandic boy who has taken the world by storm with his large scale model of the Titanic made from Lego blocks, has a long and storied history.
By now you’ve probably seen the story of the replica, comprised of some 65,000 Lego blocks and taking over 700 hours to construct. But Brynjar’s story goes back several years, and has been little reported on outside of Iceland.
In 2014, Vísir reported that Brynjar, at the time only 11 years old, sent out a challenge to Legoland in Billund, Denmark, when he first asked for the opportunity to build his own Lego Titanic. (Article continues after the video)
Legoland accepted the challenge, and about a year later, the project was complete. It debuted at Smáralind mall in Kópavogur. From here, his fame began to gather consider steam.
In 2016, he made an announcement on his Facebook: the Titanic museum in Branson, Missouri, USA offered to display his replica.
However, it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing for Brynjar. His replica became badly damaged in transit, but he took the challenge in stride.
Once rebuilt, the replica once again began to attract global attention, leading us to the story as we know it today. Brynjar continues to enjoy the well-deserved attention he has received for his amazing achievement.