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Tel Aviv's Lego toy tower to set new world record

Tel Aviv's Lego toy tower to set new world record

Tel Aviv residents have built a world record-contending, 36-meter plastic brick tower, featuring more than 500,000 pieces, to honour a young cancer victim in the Israeli city.

They wanted to build it in memory of one of their students, eight-year-old Omer Sayag, who died in 2014 and who used to build Lego towers when he was ill.

Construction of the tower next to the Tel Aviv City Hall was completed on Wednesday.

Ron Huldai, the Mayor of Tel Aviv, said it was a "community effort of all of the people of Tel Aviv, 26 community centres, Jews and Arabs, rich and poor, orthodox and secular". They also asked worldwide personalities such as model Bar Rafaeli to bring attention to their cause.

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Thousands of people and more than two dozen community organizations in Tel Aviv worked from December 12 to December 24 to complete the massive Lego tower. The have now been combined to deliver the final Omer Tower.

This week's effort was constructed from more than half a million of the bright Lego bricks that so easily catch the eye of any child around the world. The tower is meant to honour a child who died from cancer.

"In addition, we are responsible for combining all of the parts at the event, ensuring that every section is stable in itself and contributes to the whole".

There was no Guinness World Records representative in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to measure the tower.


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