LEGO is scratching the itch of armchair explorers with the LEGO Art World Map, it’s biggest to date

The LEGO Group has launched a new build designed to scratch the itch of the world’s wanderlusters keen for adventure this year, heralding the arrival of the LEGO Art World Map.

The latest addition to the LEGO Art collection, the map contains the most pieces ever included in a set in the history of the company, totalling a whopping 11,695 elements and allowing builders to immerse themselves completely ion creating a LEGO representation of the earth from 2D LEGO tiles.

The new LEGO Art World Map can be reimagined in a number of different ways to express the personality and travel memories or wishes of different builders. Customisable brick-built pins can be placed to mark out destinations already visited or highlight those still on the builder’s bucket list to give this masterpiece a personal twist before it’s proudly displayed.

The set’s building instructions show how the 40 interconnecting base plates are divided into three sections for the build that can be arranged in one of three different ways, allowing you to place your favourite part of the world in the centre of your map.

The oceans on this 25.5 in. (65cm) high and 40.5 in. (104 cm) wide masterpiece can also be tailored to be a true expression of each builder’s style: the tiles can be arranged in a manner inspired by bathymetric (that’s depth of water in common parlance) mapping of the ocean floor by following the building instructions, or builders can express themselves more freely and creatively by arranging the tiles as they wish and exploring different patterns and motifs instead.

An accompanying soundtrack featuring stories from travel experts has been curated to immerse listeners in their passion for exploration as they build. The soundtrack features travellers’ tales from bloggers and adventurers including Torbjørn C. Pedersen, the first person to visit every country in the world in one unbroken journey without flying, and blogger Syazwani Baumgartner who has experienced some of the most remote places on the planet.

The new set comes with a coffee-table style instruction booklet, a white brick-built frame and two hanging elements to make the map easy to display, take down and rebuild whenever the mood strikes.

Fiorella Groves, creative lead for LEGO Art, commented: “We know that our adult fans love to travel, but many haven’t been able to do so for over a year now. We thought that there was no better way of helping explore the world while relaxing in the comfort of their home than by allowing them to build, rebuild, plan and reminisce through building.

“We hope the LEGO Art World Map will inspire new adventures in some, and help others relive and celebrate wonderful travel memories from the past.”

The LEGO Art World Map will be available from LEGO.com and LEGO Stores globally from June 1st 2021 priced from £249.99 and will become available from other retailers globally from August 1st 2021.

More information can be found by visiting http://www.lego.com/world-map.

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