The Lego Pharos : Reconstructing the Lighthouse of Alexandria
Van Sant, Ethan S. R.
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For centuries, the Lighthouse of Alexandria was the second-tallest man-made structure in the world. Now, its structure is lost to history and only survived by scattered references across a handful of classical sources. A thorough review of the surviving accounts surrounding the exact design of the Lighthouse of Alexandria including my own hypotheses about its structure have been used to inform the design process of a reconstructing of the Lighthouse of Alexandria with Lego bricks in the style of LEGO® Architecture. Lego was chosen as the medium for this scale model due to my particular skill set and the intention of LEGO® Architecture to be used as a tool for scaled reconstruction of extant or planned buildings. This project proved successful and resulted in a near perfect reconstruction of the historic but lost Lighthouse of Alexandria as I propose it stood in 641 CE at the halfway point in its nearly 1600 year life cycle. My personal ties to this project are also discussed in depth as this is a senior individualized project completed as part of my capstone experience at Kalamazoo College.