In mere days, Toronto’s most famous tower will lose its status as the world’s tallest freestanding structure to the 800-metre Burj Dubai skyscraper being built in the United Arab Emirates. So, what’s a perpetually-overcompensating metropolis to do when size no longer matters?
It’s what you build it with that counts, of course—and the latest erection to grace our skyline is a 29.3-metre spire constructed entirely out of LEGO. Appropriately, it’s the tallest tower ever built from the colourful blocks, jerking the Guinness record title from puny Carlsbad, California, which was about a metre shorter, measuring from the base to the tip of the shaft.
The architects of Toronto’s latest achievement are Danish LEGO engineers Per Knudsen and Erik Therkelsen, who solicited the help of CNE attendees to snap together more than 465,000 plastic bricks into a four-finned obelisk similar in the shape to the CN Tower. Visitors can visit the creation just west of the CNE Food Building until the end of the Exhibition, when some fat bully will show up and kick it over before stealing everyone’s lunch money.
Photos by Torontoist reader Margot Lewis.