The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History teamed up with Lego Systems to bring Lady Liberty to Washington. Or at least, a version of her.
Titled “The Nation We Build Together” (get it?), and designed by Lego Master Builder Erik Varszegi, the nine-foot-tall, all-Lego beacon of freedom is a feat of human engineering. The statue—a spitting image of the real thing, if somewhat blockier—took 292 hours to design and build, and required 25,375 LEGO bricks in five different colors (that’s Sand Green, Sand Yellow, Warm Gold, Transparent Brown, and Reddish Brown, if you’re keeping track).
After making her public debut earlier this week, the 125-pound model is on semi-permanent display: from now until the end of the year, Lady Liberty will greet tired, poor, and huddled masses of Smithsonian visitors on the first floor of the museum.
In celebration of democracy, or of LEGOs, check out the time-lapse video of her construction: