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by: JamieD On  Thursday, January 20, 2011

An abundance of talent or way too much time on his hands? That is the question we are left to ask after hearing that 42-year-old Paul Janssen spent an incredible 1,000 hours over two years creating an 8-foot-by-6-foot Lego replica of Ohio Stadium in his Dublin basement.

Three years after he was hired as an associate professor of physiology and cell biology at Ohio State University, Janssen began working on the project.  That was back in 2005.  Six years later his masterpiece is finally complete.  Although the plans for building the stadium began back in 2005, construction did not begin until May 2009.  The scale of the replica is 1/100 and required approximately 1 million Lego pieces.  The base alone consists of 45,000 Lego pieces and the entire stadium can be divided into 10 sections, each weighing up to 50 pounds.

Creating this masterpiece was not always as easy as snapping a few Lego blocks together.  In addition to searching for specific pieces online, Janssen was required to do some intense studying of the stadium, using building measurements and satellite images, as well as photos he had taken of the press box and other details during football games.  At one point, after 15 hours of work Janssen decided to dismantle the east side of the stadium because he wasn’t pleased with the steepness of the stands.

During his time spent at Buckeyes’ games, Janssen developed an appreciation not only for Ohio Stadium, but also for the game of football.  Having known nothing about the sport when he began this project, he is now a big fan and a proud Buckeyes season-ticket holder.

Janssen intends to display his masterpiece on campus with hopes of raising money for his research on heart failure and muscular dystrophy.  So what do donors get out of this?  A seat in this Lego stadium, which he believes can hold up to 6,000 Lego people.  That number may pale in comparison to the 102,000 that can fit into the real Ohio Stadium, but if he can get a sellout crowd within this replica, we will still be quite impressed.

Hat Tip – [The Columbus Dispatch]




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