The feeling of stepping on a LEGO is so universal it has become a worldwide meme. For parents, playrooms turn into actual minefields pretty quickly, which may lead to some ill feelings toward the humble LEGO. However, The Art of the Brick, a traveling exhibition—using millions of LEGO® bricks to recreate artistic masterpieces at the Perot Museum will have adults and children alike clamoring to build some masterpieces of their own.
The critically acclaimed exhibition touts the largest and most elaborate display of works constructed using only LEGO bricks. Created by contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya, The Art of the Brick is designed to inspire ingenuity and creativity with original pieces and re-imagined versions of some of history’s most famous works of art, including Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Michelangelo’s David and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Included in the experience is a hands-on creative space called The Science of the Brick, where guests can unlock their inner engineers, architects, and artists to let their imaginations run free. The exhibition also offers a gallery showcasing an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO-brick infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West.
Interestingly, Sawaya was formerly a corporate lawyer working in New York City. To decompress at home in the evenings, he indulged his inner child by creating with LEGO bricks. Eventually, after encouragement from his friends and family, he decided to quit his job and follow his passion to become a full-time artist.
The exhibition runs through Aug. 18 and requires a surcharge for members and non-members. North Texans will get the first glimpse of Sawaya’s newest sculpture created specifically for the Perot Museum exhibition. Dallas’ signature winged-horse Pegasus constructed solely from LEGO bricks will greet guests as they enter the museum. Visitors can use their powers of estimation to guess the number of LEGOs used in the Pegasus sculpture for a chance to win a year-long Perot Museum Premium Family Membership.
“We are thrilled to showcase Nathan Sawaya’s thought-provoking works of art—from masterpiece renditions and original pieces, to a creative interpretation of Dallas’ iconic Pegasus,” said Dr. Linda Silver, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum. “LEGO bricks are a beloved learn-through-play staple in so many children’s lives. The exhibition elevates a classic toy into the interesting realm of art and science resulting in something meaningful, educational and awe-inspiring.”
The Art of the Brick lays the groundwork for a multitude of build-and-break, creative-based programming at the Perot Museum including a Maker Mania Sleepover on March 9, an All-Girls STEM sleepover April 12 and a “science of art”-themed adults-only Social Science June 21.