Sunday, July 3, 2011

The LEGO Store: Rockefeller Center Made of Bricks

Above and below: 2010 photos at the grand opening of the Manhattan
Lego Store. In celebration, Lego Master Builders created a 16-foot-tall
Big Apple that was display only for the opening.

Store interior with the largest pick-a-brick Lego wall.
(all photos: TheHopefulTraveler)
The fact that a branch of the Lego store had already opened in Honolulu did not stop me from visiting Manhattan’s first location during its grand opening last year. The store combines my favorite childhood toy with a shop located in one of my favorite cities. With a prime retail spot at Rockefeller Center, it was hard to pass up another chance to at least gaze inside again.

Though the selection of merchandise is no different than that of other Lego stores, this branch is unique for the sculptures inspired by Rockefeller Center. Below are photos of these Lego sculptures and their original inspirations.

Visit lego.com for more information. The Lego Store at Rockefeller Center is open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 11am-7pm.

Above and below: The gilded bronze statue of Prometheus, installed in
 1934, serves as the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center’s sunken plaza. 

Above & below: The bronze Atlas statue, unveiled in 1937, sits
 along Fifth Avenue across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
 

Above & below: The limestone relief carving that sits above the entrance to 30 Rockefeller
 Center was installed in 1934. This center panel called ‘Wisdom – A Voice from the Clouds”
includes the words: “Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times.”
 

Above & below: Overview of the central Rockefeller Center plaza in Lego

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