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Looking Closely at a 'Billion Bricks'

Annual exhibit on display at SM&NC

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Stamford, CT | Added on January 30, 2014 At 04:39 PM

Checking out the Stamford Museum and Nature Center's LEGO display, you have to really look close to see it.  

"One of the things that's challenging is how to see.  There's so much happening here," said Kirsten Brophy, curator of collections and exhibitions at SM&NC.  

There's planes, trains, and dinosaurs.  

"There's an entire pirate story happening.  It's how to look at individual pieces to see," said Brophy.  

A million pieces make up the display, give or take, though its titled a Billion Bricks, after the LEGO landscape's creator, Bill Probert.  Each year he has help from the I Lug New York team. 

"So it's more than a million but not quite a billion," said Brophy.  

This year, the LEGO crew built multiple levels into the design, so young children can also take a look. 

"The whole water and the water front is at a lower level than the rest of the town," said Brophy, "And we have subterranean views so you can see underground."  

The exhibition will run through the first weekend of March, which is when the museum and nature center's Maple Sugar Festival will take place.  

The Stamford Museum and Nature Center is located at 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford.  Visit for more information.

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