Portraits of Netta Barzilai, Gal Gadot and 28 other prominent Israeli women, made from a total of 150,000 little LEGO bricks, are on display at Holon LEGO Park this summer.
“Women in Blocks” marks the first time an exhibition of portraits has been built in cooperation with the Denmark-based LEGO Group.
Managers of the seasonal Holon LEGO Park approached the Danish company with the concept of giving a place of honor to powerful Israeli women. The company sent 150,000 plastic bricks to a special team in the Tel Aviv suburb that secretly and meticulously assembled each portrait using more than 4,500 of the blocks. The project took a week to complete.
According to Miki Zimet of Holon LEGO Park, “The women who star in the exhibition mirror the values of LEGO. Behind every successful woman are dozens, if not hundreds, of elements and milestones built over time with precision and long-range planning,” in the same way a LEGO creation is built.
The 30 chosen women represent Israeli culture, entertainment, media, politics and business. Some of the better-known names are “Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot, Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai, supermodel Bar Refaeli, singer-Broadway actress Shiri Maimon, billionaire businesswoman-philanthropist Shari Arison, and Arab-Israeli newscaster Lucy Aharish.
The LEGO Group is considering the possibility of initiating similar exhibitions in other cities around the world.
Visitors to the fifth annual Holon LEGO Park, open through September 1 in the 3,000-square-meter Holon Toto Hall in Peres Park (near the Israel Children’s Museum) have more than 3 million LEGO bricks to build with as well as rides, play areas and other activities for toddlers to preteens.
This year, kids can take the challenge of constructing “The Israeli City of the Future” with the colorful bricks. A panel of judges will choose the winning model, awarding that child and his or her family with a trip to LEGOLAND theme park in California.
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