“The Art of the Brick” Exhibit stimulates creativity with Legos

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It all starts with one Lego brick and over 16 thousand pieces later, you have a masterpiece like this rendition of the Statue of David.

“Nathan Sawaya the artist, he lives in New York, he made all these reproductions very faithful to the original artwork famous antiquities. Some more modern things there’s an Andy Warhol piece, there’s a self portrait,” said David Cinquino, Director of Experience. 

The traveling “Art of the Brick” exhibit features more than 80 creative pieces completely made out of legos.

“There’s a famous iconic piece called Yellow where there’s a human form ripping open it’s chest and all these bricks are pouring out,” said Cinquino.

The largest part of the exhibit is the T-Rex.It was made with over 80,000 pieces of legos, it’s 20 feet long and it took artist Nathan Sawaya an entire summer to create.

“I think it’s a way of showing that you can be creative in addition to being technical,” said Melissa Leopard, Museum of Science Educator.

Leopard says the exhibit is also a teaching tool in STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

“What we kind of notice about Legos is it has a lot to do with math, proportions, geometry and it’s clearly an art exhibit in addition to being lego.If you like to play with Lego you’re already becoming an engineer,” said Leopard.

At the end of the exhibit kids have an opportunity to get hands on with Legos and build things themselves.

Art of the Brick runs through May 5th, and organizers recommend buying a ticket in advance.

“They are time tickets so you have a time slot, you can stay in the exhibit as long as you want but there are time slots so that we don’t get too many people in and it doesn’t become too congested,” said Cinquino.

For more information, go to the following link: https://www.sciencebuff.org/exhibits/art-of-the-brick/

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