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Lego tower record claimed in memory of young cancer victim

A community has rallied to honour the memory of an eight-year old boy by building a tower out of Lego believed to be the tallest in the world.

Residents of Tel Aviv sourced more than 500,000 plastic blocks and took over a fortnight to build the structure until it was deemed to have beaten the current 35.05 metre record, which has stood for just over two years.

The multi-coloured ‘Omer Tower’, named after Lego fan Omer Sayag who died from cancer in 2014, had to be completed using cranes in the City’s Rabin Square.

It was measured at 36 metres tall when the last brick was laid on Wednesday.

The tower in Tel Aviv was measured at 36 metres
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The tower in Tel Aviv was measured at 36 metres – as high as a 12-storey building

But the tower – which had to be supported with wires to ensure safety – can only be declared a new world record once Guinness World Records adjudicators are satisfied.

Thousands of people took part in the build, according to local officials who helped make the record bid a reality by handing over the plot after being approached for help by Omer’s nursery school teachers.

Ron Huldai, the Mayor of Tel Aviv, said it was a “community effort of all of the people of Tel Aviv, 26 community centres, Jews and Arabs, rich and poor, orthodox and secular”.

The blocks were sourced from public funds with private and corporate donations.

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