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Autistic boy Brynjar Karl Birgisson rebuilt the Titanic with 56,000 bits of Lego

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 April, 2018, 8:32am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 April, 2018, 8:32am

An eight-metre-long model of the Titanic made out of 56,000 Lego pieces by a boy in Iceland who has autism can now be seen in the US.

The model of the ocean liner is on display through 2020 at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Brynjar Karl Birgisson says he started building the model when he was 10 years old, using blueprints he drew up with his grandfather, and it took him 11 months to finish.

The 15-year-old from Reykjavik, Iceland, tells the museum the project helped him out of what he calls his “autistic fog.” He says being autistic can sound “a bit scary” but there are ways to “become more functional.”

He credits his family for their support.

The Titanic sank April 15, 1912 after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage.