Builder of largest Titanic Lego replica says his autism is a gift

  • An Icelandic boy built the world’s largest replica of the Titanic in Lego
  • The Titanic replica went on display at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

A teenager with auttism from Iceland built the world’s largest Lego Titanic replica that went on display Monday at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Brynjar Karl Birgisson originally used 56,000 Lego cubes to make the eight-meter replica, but “after the front part broke we had to buy more, taking it to a total of around 65,000”, the 15-year-old said. Lego subsidized the build by giving Brynjar a discount on some of the bricks needed for the project.

The Icelandic boy built the 26-foot-long, 5-foot-wide ship when he was 10 years old with the help of his mother and grandfather.

When asked about how he thinks of autism, Birgisson said that it is not a negating thing, but rather a gift. He added that many people with autism are really intelligent and they can do stuff too.

“We are people as well. We just seem a little bit different on the outside, but the inside, we’re always the same,” Birgisson said via NPR.

The model has previously been displayed in Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and Germany, and has now traveled to the Titanic Museum in Tennessee, where Brynjar recently made an appearance.