Source: Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) — With boy choristers singing their version of “Everything Is Awesome,” the Washington National Cathedral unveiled the foundation of a Lego replica of the cathedral that will be built as a fundraiser over the next several years.
The “Let There Be Lego!” initiative was inspired by a similar project at Durham Cathedral in England. It aims to help the District of Columbia cathedral raise the $19 million still needed to pay for the $34 million in damages from a 2011 earthquake.
The compact church will be constructed with an estimated 400,000 bricks and will weigh about 1,350 pounds, planners said Friday (Mar. 1). There will be 112 Lego gargoyles, and it will take 9,000 bricks to make the cathedral’s signature “Creation” rose window. While the stone building took 83 years to build, officials predict the model will take between two and three years.