Library hosting architectural LEGO display

By JENNIFER COHRON
Posted 4/22/18

A Valley Jr. High School student's architectural LEGO collection is on display at Jasper Public Library through the end of the month.Jaylon Hill, 9, has loaned the library his models of Rockefeller …

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Library hosting architectural LEGO display

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A Valley Jr. High School student's architectural LEGO collection is on display at Jasper Public Library through the end of the month.

Jaylon Hill, 9, has loaned the library his models of Rockefeller Center, the U.S. Capitol, the Empire State Building, London and Big Ben.

Jaylon's mother, Vickie Carmichael, said he began playing with large LEGO bricks as a toddler and eventually moved up to LEGO kits.

His interest in architectural LEGOs started about one year ago.

LEGO has released over 40 architectural LEGO sets since 2008. Jaylon's first was the Empire State Building, released in 2009 and made up of 77 pieces.

His biggest accomplishment to date is the completion of the U.S. Capitol, which contains 1,032 pieces.

"It took me four days," Jaylon said.

His next project is the Statue of Liberty, released this year. Nearly 1,100 pieces are included in that kit.

According to the official LEGO website, LEGO Architecture is based in Chicago Illinois. The first two sets featured Chicago landmarks, Willis Tower (previously named Sears Tower) and John Hancock Center. which contains the city's fourth tallest building. They were designed by architect Adam Reed Tucker. 

More U.S. landmarks followed in the series — the Empire State Building, the Seattle Space Needle, The White House.

In 2011, LEGO began including international landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the series.

Releases for 2018 include the Las Vegas skyline, the Shanghai skyline, the Great Wall of China and the Statue of Liberty.

So far, LEGO has not found a way to package Jaylon's favorite place and preferred travel destination, Antarctica, into a set.