THE ART OF THE BRICK Arrives at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
World’s Largest Display of LEGO® Art Features 100 Incredible Works of Art made out of Millions of LEGO Bricks from Contemporary Artist Nathan Sawaya
The Art of the Brick, a captivating exhibition, featuring intriguing works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world, the LEGO® brick, is set to make its debut at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on Oct. 7. opens October 7. Museum members see it first starting Oct. 4. Tickets are on sale now.
ABOUT THE ART OF THE BRICK
Receiving rave reviews, The Art of the Brick features the world’s largest display of LEGO art in what CNN has named a top 10 global must-see exhibition, created by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya.
Featuring more than 100 works of art, highlights include reimagined versions of famous masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s David, Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
In addition, Sawaya created a 20-foot Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton (comprised of over 80,000 LEGO bricks!) and giant LEGO skulls.
Also on display at the HMNS will be the fan favorite Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity.
Yellow has gained pop culture fame appearing on fashion labels, album covers and even in Lady Gaga’s music video G.U.Y. The exhibition also contains a gallery showcasing an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West.
“The Art of the Brick takes LEGO somewhere you wouldn’t expect and shows you things you have never seen before,” said artist Sawaya. “The goal with this collection of art is to demonstrate the potential of imagination and the power of creativity.”
THE ART MEDIUM IS —–LEGOS!!
The Art of the Brick is the first major museum exhibition to use LEGO bricks as the sole art medium.
Sawaya transforms LEGO bricks into tremendous and thought-provoking sculptures, elevating the toy to the realm of art.
Sawaya’s ability to transform this common toy into something meaningful, his devotion to spatial perfection and the way he conceptualizes action, enables him to elevate what almost every child has played with into the status of contemporary art.
“Because the medium used in the artwork is considered a child’s toy, patrons may assume the pieces are easy to create,” said Nicole Temple, VP of Education at HMNS. “The hands-on S.T.E.A.M. gallery at the end of the exhibition will quickly correct this notion. In fact, it is Nathan’s skill and artistry combined with physics, spatial reasoning, and engineering that make the magic in the exhibition possible.”
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
The Art of the Brick will be on display Oct. 4 through Mar. 29, 2020.
For ticket prices or more information, visit www.hmns.org or call (713) 639-4629.
Photos: V. Sweeten