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Here we've got a lighthouse based heavily on the design of Split Rock Lighthouse in Lake County, Minnesota, on the shore of Lake Superior. I must confess that I have never been to Split Rock Lighthouse., however I live around the Great Lakes and the design is recognizable to me. When I was younger my family went on a lot of camping trips and visited various lighthouses. I wanted to create a Lego lighthouse that did justice to the gorgeous lighthouses that line the Great Lakes, so to start I looked at the various designs. Split Rock stuck out to me because I thought its shape would translate well into Lego bricks and would look phenomenal as a display model.
Split Rock was build in 1910 in response to a massive storm, called the Mataafa Storm, which sunk many ships in the great lakes. The lighthouse is built on the top of a 130 foot cliff, which makes for a striking image in real life, and it remained active until 1969. In 1995 the United States Postal Service commemorated the lighthouse on a stamp as part of a "Lighthouses of the Great Lakes" series. The lighthouse makes a very brief appearance in Baz Luhrmann's recent adaption of The Great Gatsby.
The current model is around 1200 bricks and would make for a set around $100-120, a reasonable piece count and price for Lego Ideas products. If needed I'm sure the designers could shave off a number of pieces and cut down on the scale to make a model in the $70-80 range. The base of the model is roughly 17" x 8.5" and the model stands around 17.5" tall.
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