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Tel Aviv toys with world record via 118-foot Lego tower

Half a million pieces used for project, launched in memory of an 8-year-old who died of cancer

View of construction of a 36-meter high lego tower, intending to break the Guinness World Record. December 27, 2017. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
View of construction of a 36-meter high lego tower, intending to break the Guinness World Record. December 27, 2017. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Municipality workers and volunteers in Tel Aviv have built a 36-meter (118-foot) tower of Lego bricks designed to set a new world record.

It was constructed from more than half a million of the brightly colored plastic bricks donated by the city’s residents.

The project was launched just over a year ago by teachers of eight-year-old Omer Sayag who died of cancer in 2014, and who used to build Lego towers during his illness.

A woman assembles bricks as she works on a component of a LEGO tower under construction in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on December 26, 2017, as the city attempts to break Guinness world record of the highest such structure. (AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ)

The tower was raised in sections opposite the Tel Aviv municipality building in Rabin Square.

According to Guinness World Records, the previous record was set in 2015 when the Italian subsidiary of Lego built a 35.05-meter (115-foot) tower for the Milan World Expo.

A municipality spokesman told AFP that proof including pictures shot from a drone will now be submitted to Guinness to verify the city’s claim at a new record.

A picture taken on December 27, 2017 shows a LEGO tower under construction in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, as the city attempts to break Guinness World Record of the highest such structure. (AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ)
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