Italy, “little geniuses grow up” and this time it happened for a particular architectural work: a cathedral made of a special material.
We are in central Italy, in the capital city of Tuscany region. In a town that once was the centre of the medieval European trade and finance, and one of the wealthiest cities of that era. Called “the Athens of the Middle Ages”, it gave birth to the Renaissance. In 1296 the building of the cathedral begun and completed in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. This is the Florence Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, located in Piazza del Duomo and including the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile.
It took centuries to build it, brick after brick, but there’s a 17-year-old boy who created it in just 6 hours. Anyway there’s a trick: it’s just a model, but it’s stunning and peculiar. It’s been created using just LEGO bricks and it looks amazingly identical.
The “little architect” is Giacinto Consiglio, a Lego passionate, who used 20,000 LEGO pieces, carefully selected by colour and dimension (400 shapes and 10 colours).
The model is 1.5m long, 60cm wide and 65cm high and it’s so stunning that will be on display at the museum (in a free space), until 9th November 2017.
We don’t really know what they will do with the model after the “end of the show”. Hopefully it will remain intact and other buildings will join the club of LEGO models.