Few days ago, the famous Danish toy company, “Lego” celebrated 80 years of existence. It has been 80 years since Ole Kirk Kristiansen started a carpentry business in Billund, Denmark — a company that would eventually turn into the Lego Group we all know and love. For decades, small colorful pieces occupy the attention of future architects.
A group of 380 children collaborated to create a rendition of Jonannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring‘ using about 5,000 pieces of LEGO over the course of a nine-day workshop for the opening of the Legoland Discovery Center in Tokyo, Japan, on August 9, 2012.
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The company “Lego”, whose name came from the Danish words “LEgo GOdt” (meaning “play well” and in Latin the lego means “I study” or “I put together”) was founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen 10th August 1932, but the idea of colorful cubes occur 1949th
Lego marked another milestone — 50 years in Japan — and celebrated by encouraging children to build a giant Lego map of the country.
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As part of the celebrations, Lego has made short animated film. Happy Birthday Lego!