By Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn is displaying a Detroit-area man’s rendition of city landmarks made of hundreds of thousands of Lego pieces.

Jim Garrett of Redford Township has been constructing Lego buildings since 2004, including an 11-foot Penobscot Building. Most of his 12 Detroit building replicas are on display at the Dearborn museum until Jan. 4.

Fifty-one-year-old Garrett says he played with Legos as a kid and resumed the hobby after being inspired by castles in “The Lord of the Rings” movies. He says he shopped at about 20 different Meijer stores in days before Internet purchases so he would have enough of the small, plastic building blocks to create his replicas.

Garrett says he uses trial-and-error to construct his elaborate models, such as his roughly 7-foot version of the Fisher Building.

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