It’s no surprise that a bus shelter constructed entirely from Lego bricks recently emerged in front of a toy store in the UK to celebrate London’s Year of the Bus. Anyone who has ever visited Legoland knows that these colorful interlocking plastic bricks can be built into anything, of any size by people (or maybe primates in general) of any age. Like an atom, the Lego is the basic unit of playful construction. This bus shelter was made from 100,000 Lego bricks by Duncan Titmarsh, the UK’s only certified Lego professional.
The very first Lego brick was created in 1934 by Danish carpenter/joiner Ole Kirk Kristiansen who called his invention “LEg GOdt” (Danish for “play well”). In the 1940s, the brick was formed out of plastic and turned into an automatic binding brick with four and eight studs, which were further refined into a coupling system to make models more stable. What’s remarkable is that anyone who examines a single Lego brick will wonder how it became one of the world’s most enduring and beloved toys. But like Crayola crayons and a white piece of paper, the possibilities for a Lego are only limited by the imagination.