The completed diorama—buildings, crosswalks, and trees included—spans about six feet by three feet.

By Meghan Overdeep
October 9, 2019
David Robinson

David Robinson and his 16-year-old son, David Jr., of Charleston are known for making replicas of University of South Carolina landmarks out of Legos. But the duo’s latest project, a recreation of the Horseshoe, is their most impressive accomplishment to date.

The Robinsons used nearly 10,000 Lego bricks to create a miniaturized version of the historic area that forms the heart of the USC campus. The completed diorama—buildings, crosswalks, and trees included—spans about six feet by three feet, The Post and Courier reports. Everything from the President’s House to the Maxcy Monument in the center of the lawn are accounted for. The whole thing took them more than nine months to build.

“This was a long one,” Robinson told the paper. “It just got a lot bigger and more expensive than I thought.”

He and his son had previously used Legos to replicate both the Williams-Brice Stadium and Founders Park. The stadiums reportedly took about 5,000 and 3,500 bricks, respectively.

Robinson, a USC graduate, told The Post and Courier that he scouted out the Horseshoe as a potential subject after attending a Lego builders convention with David Jr. in Columbia last summer.

Bringing the Horseshoe to life involved revisiting it several times and taking hundreds of pictures of every tiny detail.

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The duo is reportedly still thinking about their next big project, though they’re appreciating the time off from building. Fortunately, there are still plenty of USC buildings left for them to tackle.

“Part of me wants to do the old Carolina Coliseum,” Robinson said.

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