Legos are one of the most popular toys among children. These tiny interlocking plastic bricks can be used to make various beautiful creations; all you need is a creative mind and some artistic skills, similar to those possessed by a young boy named Brynjar Karl Birgisson.
In the instance of Brynjar, these bricks not only assisted him in building the world’s largest Titanic model at the age of ten and helped him cope with his autism and inability to put words together.
He claims that he could speak until he was three years old, after which he had difficulty generating phrases out of nowhere. This wise child told My Autistic X Factor, “Suddenly, I couldn’t articulate all the things I wanted to say.” All of the words I’d learnt vanished in a cloud […] I went from being a joyful boy to becoming a sad and lonely one. I felt behind, like if I were stuck in a cloud, “I couldn’t put words together.”
Brynjar was diagnosed with autism at the age of five. He moved away from words and toward visuals, which aided his learning. Sweet Brynjar acquired a fascination for legos and ships through time, culminating in an astonishing creation of the world’s largest Titanic model. “It took 11 months and 700 hours to create my 6.5-meter (21.3-foot) long fantasy ship, which required 56,000 bricks,” he said.
He received the support of his family, particularly his grandfather, and everyone who contributed to the purchase of the bricks through crowdfunding.
The lego Titanic Brynjar accompanied him to several areas, including Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Germany, and the United States, where he could show off his work.
According to The Guardian newspaper, Brynjar said, “I was utterly unable to communicate when I started the project and now I’m standing on stage and doing interviews.”
“It has instilled confidence in me. When I first started the construction process, I had someone assisting me at every step of the way at school, but now I’m studying on my own. I’ve got the chance to travel, discover, and meet amazing people.”