DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: LEGO flag (from Innovation wing opening):
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SIAHLE_150717_20.JPG: America Innovates!
United States Flag Model, LEGO Bricks, 2015
Invention and innovation are powerful forces that continually shape our history. The United States itself was a new idea -- a republic in which a sovereign people governed themselves. America has always depended on invention to propel its economy, undergird its national defense, and shape its culture. We overcome challenges by tinkering and toying to find a new path. Ingenuity has helped form the nation we live in today.
On July 1, 2015, the National Museum of American History celebrated the grand opening of its new Innovation Wing on the first floor. Featuring nine new exhibitions, a performance plaza, a demonstration stage, and a convention center, this area explores the critical importance of innovation, business, and creativity in US history and provides the public with compelling hands-on learning opportunities.
As part of the Innovation Wing's opening activities, LEGO Master Builders, with assistance from museum visitors, used their imagination and ingenuity to create this representation of the US flag as a testament to the role of invention and innovation in American life.
LEGO FLAG FACTS:
Height: 299.5 cm (9 feet, 10 inches)
Width: 386 cm (12 feet, 8 inches)
Weight: 248 kg (546 pounds)
Bricks Used: 109,200
Construction Time: 6 hours
Claim to Fame: Largest U.S. flag ever constructed of LEGO bricks
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2015 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
I retired from the US Census Bureau in god-forsaken Suitland, Maryland on my 58th birthday in May. Yee ha!
Trips this year:
a quick trip to Florida.
two Civil War Trust conferences (Raleigh, NC and Richmond, VA), and
my 10th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Los Angeles).
Ego Strokes: Carolyn Cerbin used a Kevin Costner photo in her USA Today article. Miss DC pictures were used a few times in the Washington Post.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 550,000.
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