Lego Bricks, the little colourful construction toy that all of us have played with at least once in our lifetime possesses the power to sustain a weight of over 430 kg.
The toy has been a ubiquitous favourite for a long time. The fun part? It appeals to all ages equally! Even the company itself claims it to be for ages 4 to 99. There are many wonders that these bricks have done. Creative artists and designers have often used Lego bricks to create intriguing and popular figures.
Taking over the Oscars
Oscar Statuettes made from Lego bricks were handed out during the Academy Awards in 2015. The repercussions were gigantic in the industry and the trend continued to grow when celebrities like Emma Stone, Oprah Winfrey & Meryl Streep started posing with one on the red carpet. Nathan Sawaya, the creator of the Oscar Statuettes is a certified Lego artist who left his job as an attorney to follow his passion for the construction toy. His other creations are also proof that Lego Bricks have paramount strength and possibilities. He has made paintings, art fixtures and famous monuments using the toy.
The Lego brick can hold a 3.5 km long building made from Lego bricks. This brings up questions like: “Why the brick is not being used in real life construction projects?” and “What will it be like to live in a house made of Legos?”
Lego Bricks in Real-World
Lego bricks are essentially made from plastic & even though they are sturdy and customizable, it doesn’t affect the fact that they are still plastic. Plastic is widely recognized as a toxic substance. However, Lego Bricks are made from non-toxic materials, extreme weather conditions will certainly affect structures made of Lego. Moreover, plastic takes 450 years to decompose, thus if a construction is broken down, the effect on the environment would be disastrous. Plus, living in a house made of Lego Bricks sounds a little bit intimidating. Also, the recommended customization wouldn’t prove feasible in a Lego-based structure.
Some might think, if not houses, then can we make roads or monuments? Well, roads don’t sound that bad until the moment we factor in the melting point of Lego bricks which is a mere 105°C. Thus, a road made of Lego Bricks will melt when exposed to hot asphalt (150°C) which is commonly used while laying roads.
Even though Lego might be sturdy with colourful and creative appearances, they cannot prove amazingly useful in real-world utilization. And, this can be blamed upon the basic buildup nature of the toy: Plastic!
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