“The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s team put their heart into this project we are thrilled their hard work and dedication has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Michael Araten, president and CEO of K’NEX.
Hatfield, PA (PRWEB) August 30, 2012
K’NEX, the only U.S. construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love®, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is home to the largest K’NEX sculpture—a life size T-REX, affectionately named K’REX!
Located in Huntsville, Alabama, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is home to Space Camp and Aviation Challenge and is one of the most comprehensive U.S. manned space flight hardware museums in the world. Working during their time off last summer, Space Camp crew trainers—headed by Wesley Smalls and Jarrad Bedwell—built the sculpture to replicate the recast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton featured in the center’s summer exhibit: “A T-REX named Sue”.
“They used no blueprints or plans, no glue, just K’NEX,” said Dr. Deborah Barnhart, the center’s CEO and executive director.
Made entirely from 160,000 K’NEX pieces, the sculpture is 12.46 feet high, 33.76 feet long, 5.93 feet wide and weighs 10 pounds; making K’REX the “World’s Largest K’NEX Sculpture”; according to the official certificate issued by Guinness on June 24, 2012.
“The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s team put their heart into this project we are thrilled their hard work and dedication has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Michael Araten, president and CEO of K’NEX. “Furthermore we are honored that they chose to use K’NEX to make this extraordinary creation!”
K’REX is currently on display in the lobby of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s gift shop. For more information on the U.S. Space and Rocket Center please visit: http://rocketcenter.com/
About K’NEX Brands
Founded in 1992, K’NEX Brands, the world’s most innovative construction toy company, was established to make and sell what has become one of the world’s leading integrated construction systems for children. Winner of over 200 international awards and recognitions, K’NEX is America’s building toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love, and encourages youngsters to “imagine, build and play.” Since 1992, The Rodon Group, a subsidiary of K'NEX Brands, L.P., has manufactured over 30 billion parts for the K'NEX building toy system. For more information, please visit http://www.knex.com or http://www.rodongroup.com.