Tel Aviv Builds World’s Tallest LEGO Tower to Honor Child Who Died From Cancer

Avatar Amanda Froelich | January 2, 2018

To honor the life of an 8-year-old boy who died from cancer, the city of Tel Aviv partnered with the organization Young Engineers to build the world’s tallest tower made out of LEGOs.

In 2014, Budapest attempted to create the world’s largest LEGO tower, as did Milan in 2015. However, this new tower, which honors 8-year-old Omer Sayag, is taller than both.

Credit: Jack Guez/Agence France-Presse

In 2014, Omer lost his battle with cancer. Because his former teachers were aware of his passion for building blocks, they started the initiative to build the world’s tallest tower made out of interlocking plastic bricks (not all are LEGOs). Thanks to Young Engineers, an organization that promotes learning with toy bricks, Omer Tower was constructed.

It took half a million toy bricks and days of work to complete Omer Tower. According to The New York Times, thousands of people from more than two dozen community organizations in the Israeli city worked from December 12 to December 24 to build sections of the tower. Over a period of two days, the sections were stacked together in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv.

Credit: Jack Guez/Agence France-Presse

Some of the colorful square blocks were decorated with the groups’ insignias. In fact, some of the names of participating organizations were written on the tower in Hebrew or Arabic.

On Wednesday, the measurements were recorded. The Omer Tower is 35.95 meters (or 117 feet 11 inches) — 90 centimeters, or 35 inches, taller than the structure built in Milan. Because there was no representative from the Guinness Book of World Records, the measurements have been sent in. City officials will now wait for confirmation that the Omer Tower is, indeed, the tallest in the world.

Credit: Jack Guez/Agence France-Presse

Though it is tragic a young boy passed, it is heartening to learn that an entire community came together to honor his life. Not everything that happens in this world is good, however, good can come out of every situation. May we remember this truth as we embark upon a new year.

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Source: The New York Times

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