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Debut of massive LEGO recreation of Henley Bridge to appear at BrickUniverse
Finished display includes over 320 unique parts and over 72,000 LEGO bricks
Local LEGO builders will be debuting their massive LEGO recreation of the Henley Bridge at the BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo at the Knoxville Convention Center on August 26-27. The display is a group project of the Tennessee Valley LEGO Club and will be featured with a host of other massive LEGO displays at the show. The finished display, which is 20’ long and 3’ high, was constructed with over 72,000 individual LEGO pieces and more than 320 unique parts. The LEGO “water” alone consists of 20,000 dark blue LEGO tiles, which is currently double the worldwide supply available for sale.
The Tennessee Valley LEGO Club began the project to celebrate the completion of renovations to the actual bridge, which was performed from 2011-2014 and witnessed the bridge demolished down to its arches. With the help of reference materials supplied by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, 300 hours were invested in the design of the model beginning in the summer of 2014. Acquiring all the necessary pieces took a total of two and a half years. Construction began in July of 2017 and has required 250 man-hours to complete.
BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo is a national LEGO event coming to Knoxville on August 26-27. It is the ultimate LEGO fan experience with professional LEGO artists from around the world, building zones, and LEGO merchants. For more information, or to purchase tickets to the event, visit www.brickuniverse.com/knoxville.
About Tennessee Valley LEGO Club
The Tennessee Valley LEGO Club is the largest such group in the Southeast officially recognized by The LEGO Group and has chapters in Knoxville, Nashville and Huntsville, Alabama. They are a group of adult LEGO builders who enjoy collaborating and sharing the joy of the LEGO building with their communities. Anyone 18 or older is welcome to join! Info can be found at www.tnvlc.org.
About Knoxville Convention Center
Knoxville Convention Center, an SMG-managed facility, has hosted millions of attendees from more than 65 countries over the past decade. The center specializes in giving event planners and guests an exceptional experience with in-house catering, production, lighting and event services.
This 500,000-square-foot facility is perfectly positioned alongside the picturesque landscape of the World’s Fair Park between the urban core of the city and the campus of the University of Tennessee. For more information, visit www.kccsmg.com.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary and founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space along with more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming; construction and design consulting; and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information, visit www.smgworld.com.