I loved my Lego blocks when I was a kid.
Sometimes I think my simple sets of blocks, with a little window, sign or corner block thrown into the mix, required a bit more imagination than the ornate sets available these days that replicate landmark buildings.
I can't deny that seeing some of the larger buildings constructed of Legos makes for a pretty impressive sight, though.
We recently visited The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan to see the museum's Lego Architecture: Towering Ambition exhibit, and they had some great examples of Lego buildings that included some well known Midwestern landmarks.
Here's a closer view of the exhibit's version of the famous "corn cob" buildings in Chicago.
It's kind of fun to compare the Lego version with a photo of the real thing, which I took when we did the Chicago Architecture Foundation's River Cruise a few years ago. Marina City is a 1960s-era mixed-use residential and commercial complex well known for its distinctive "corn cob" 65-story towers that fascinated me when I took the tour.
There's still plenty of time to see the Lego version at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. The exhibit runs through February 24, 2013 and is included with museum admission.
Want to learn more? Find out more about Lego and their history by checking out Lego: A Love Story by Jonathan Bender or The Cult of Lego by John Baichtal. Learn more about the "corn cobs" by checking out Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg's Urban Vision, a book that's been on my Wish List for some time now.
All that being said, perhaps I should go build my Lego kit of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house!
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