Fantastic plastic: Architectural wonders of the world rendered in Lego

Story highlights

  • New LEGO exhibition showcases wonders of the world in building blocks
  • Adam Reed Tucker's structures contain as many as 64,000 bricks
  • The 7,000 square foot exhibit is open until February 2017

London (CNN)At last a museum exhibition that can tick off everything on a bucket list -- so long as it's a plastic bucket list.

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry has opened a 7,000-square-foot display of the planet's architectural wonders made entirely out of Lego bricks.
From the International Space Station and the Roman Colosseum to the 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge, the collection includes more than a dozen Lego-built giant engineering marvels.
Titled "Brick by Brick," the exhibition is the work of Chicago-born Adam Reed Tucker, one of only 14 people around the world certified as a "Lego professional."
Despite the incredible attention to detail, Tucker says his work, involving up to 64,000 bricks and hundreds of hours of labor per structure, can be the result of trial and error.

Hands-on challenges

"As I design and build, I gain a greater appreciation for the structure I am working on and try to capture the essence of the building in its sculptural form," he says.
"My hope is that people looking at my work will also appreciate and learn about each architectural wonder and the creativity and imagination that's possible with the Lego brick."
The exhibition offers visitors to try for themselves with hands-on building challenges.
They'll also have the opportunity to see some futuristic Lego structures, designed by global architecture firms to highlight challenges like climate change and population increases facing the planet's cities.
"Brick by Brick" runs until February 2017.

Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637;