45,000 bricks have been used to create the largest LEGO sundial

In an arts district of Beijing a big sundial has been built containing more than 45,000 LEGO® DUPLO bricks to show passers-by the time in an traditional way.

This huge LEGO creation in the Chinese capital with a diameter of 2.91 m (9 ft 6 in) and a thickness of 0.8 m (2 ft 7 in) has achieved a new Guinness World Records title for the Largest LEGO® brick ring sundial (supported).

Long before the invention of the watch, sundials were crucial to help tell the time. Sundials are one of the earliest time-keeping devices, with the shadow of a pointed piece of metal moving round in line with the Sun.

This record-breaking version was designed and built by Playable Design, an independent organisation which creates and develops education programmes using LEGO materials and systems as tools.

"This is a teaching tool that allows children to learn sciences across disciplines including astronomy, mathematics, history and cosmology. Inspire children to think and ask questions, when they see the ring sundial, but we are all very excited to be recognized by Guinness World Records at the same time," Mrs. Hou, the Founder of Playable Design

The attempt took more than three months to design and prepare with astronomy professionals and mechanical structural engineers invited to participate.

"This is an important part of a public education project. For creators and educators like us, the process of learning never stops," added Mrs Hou.

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