Boy with autism played with LEGO and built the biggest replica of Titanic: it changed his life

Brynjar Karl Birgisson from Iceland became famous all over the world thanks to his passion. From the LEGO constructor, the boy assembled an exact copy of the famous liner that sank in 1912.

Boy with autism played with LEGO and built the biggest replica of Titanic: it changed his life

Brynjar was diagnosed with autism at the age of 5, and throughout his childhood he was a withdrawn and solitude-loving child. Not surprisingly, it was the LEGO cubes that became his best friends at some point.

“LEGO bricks have been an important part of my life. Due to my poor communication skills, I always played alone. Working with LEGO, I developed my imagination and creativity. I don’t remember that I was lonely then, I was too busy building,” said Karl Bigisson in an interview.

Boy with autism played with LEGO and built the biggest replica of Titanic: it changed his life

The result of his work was the toy Titanic – a liner 7 meters long. A small resident of Iceland spent about 700 hours to create it, using 56,000 LEGO pieces.

“Obviously I couldn’t build a 7 m model on my own and I needed adult help. My grandfather helped me with the instructions. My mom opened a fundraising page, so I could buy a kit. They found me a spot in the warehouse and I went there every day after school and spent 3–4 hours a day on the building process for about 11 months,” says Brynjar.

Boy with autism played with LEGO and built the biggest replica of Titanic: it changed his life

Several years have passed since then.

Now, Brynjar Karl Birgisson is a grown man and a second-year university student.

Inspired by the story of the Titanic, he decided to become a ferry captain. Autism did not prevent him from growing up as a purposeful young man and making many friends.

Boy with autism played with LEGO and built the biggest replica of Titanic: it changed his life

We want to believe that the dream of this talented guy will come true!

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