A lake of blue, tan and green pieces sprawled in front of Thompson across a handful of folding tables inside the upstairs gallery at the
The little details are the ones people really notice, Thompson said.
It took Thompson and his family more than eight hours to piece together "Maybe up to 250,000" LEGO blocks that form one of two large displays at the History Center's summer exhibit. Some of the larger parts, like the dozen pirate ships and medieval houses, Thompson constructed at his home in
A tree-covered mountain towered more than three feet above the center of the scene while Thompson clicked more of the world's components into place.
"It's a lot of fun to build in little challenges for kids," he said. "At the end of last year, they asked for a pirate-themed layout this year."
Thompson's part of the exhibit includes a handful of recognizable characters that break from the pirate theme, in addition to dozens of ships and houses. He included Emmet, the plastic-bodied star of the hit "The Lego Movie," floating on his double-decker couch somewhere in the scene.
The exhibit also will include a 9-foot-long freighter and 10-foot-long canal and locks constructed by artist
A "live build" will take place
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