Legoland's Block of Fame
celebrates fifth birthday with new attractions
by Lisa Perkis, staff writer
Legoland California is celebrating
its fifth birthday in 2004, and to commemorate the anniversary, the park is opening
five new attractions throughout the coming year.
The first addition was
unveiled over President's Day weekend. Adding to its already impressive collection
of Lego constructed buildings, animals, and fairy tale characters that decorate
the park, the Lego Master Model Builders tackled two new challenges, real people
and famous artwork. The Block of Fame transforms a winding, tree-lined walkway
into a three-dimensional gallery. The first part of the Block of Fame are busts
of well-known faces.
Even Marilyn's beauty mark is faithfully re-created. Photo by Lisa Perkis.
Lincoln, George Washington, Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger
are among the famous icons lining the walkway. It took Legoland Master Model Builders
more than 40 hours to design, plot and create each bust, and the results are pretty
amazing, especially considering builders use standard bricks that anyone can buy.
Elvis was on hand to welcome his likeness to the Block of Fame. Photo by Lisa
Guests can get up close and personal with the busts, taking pictures
next to Shakespeare or Elvis. Legoland prides itself on being hands-on, so guests
can touch and feel the Lego sculptureseven Queen Elizabeth's jewel
At the top of the pathway is a scenic lookout point where
the Art of Lego gallery displays Lego versions of world renown art. Leonardo da
Vinci's Mona Lisa, Rodin's The Thinker, Vincent Van Gogh's
Starry Night and Salvador Dali's Persistence of Memory
are among 24 classic selections re-created in the same regulation Lego bricks.
The brand new Art of Lego exhibit awaits guests. Photo by Lisa Perkis.
gallery is certainly not your standard amusement park attraction. Legoland tries
to make the gallery more accessible to children with panels next to the artwork
discussing the artists and how they used color, shape and light to convey ideas
in their pictures.
Unlike the real painting, guests can run their hands over the Lego reproduction
of San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk by Claude Monet. Photo by Lisa Perkis.
main difference between a Lego gallery and a traditional art gallery is the hands-on
element: children can touch these painting and get as close as they would like
to see details. If a child could be persuaded to hold still and stay off the coasters
long enough to read through the panels and discuss the artwork with their parents,
the gallery will be a great learning experience.
No gallery is complete without its own Mona Lisa. Photo by Lisa Perkis.
this new attraction probably won't get families jumping into the mini-van or hopping
a plane to Carlsbad to visit the park; however, like the Miniland area, it's amazing
to see recognizable faces and artwork made entirely out of regulation Lego bricks.
It adds additional atmosphere to a park that is teeming with it, and makes for
an enjoyable diversion when the family needs a break from the rides and coasters.
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