Australia-based architect and certified LEGO builder Ryan McNaught has built the worldâ€™s first model of Romeâ€™s famous Colosseum using LEGO.
Made with 200,000 LEGO Bricks, the model measures 1m high, 1.3m wide and 1.8m longâ€”presented the Colosseum in cross-section, with half of it showcasing the buildingâ€™s present ruined form, while the other half showcasing the original Colosseum when it was completed in 80AD.
Half of the model is installed with a tiny LEGO bus with tourists; while the other half of the model is installed with LEGO gladiators, legionaries, senators, an emperor and a mob in togas.
The LEGO Colosseum also features dungeons full of prisoners, gladiators and exotic animals and corridors with tiny wooden torches, below the main stadium.
The Colosseum is â€œthe most technically challenging thing Iâ€™ve ever built,â€ McNaught told The Sydney Morning Herald. â€œIâ€™ve really got a new appreciation for the Romans and how they made things. For me, the challenge of making something oval-shaped out of square bricks was mind-boggling.â€
The LEGO Colosseum was built for the Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney, and will be on display untill January 2013.