The Art of the Brick makes its Texas debut

LEGO brick by brick, a childhood favorite has come to life with the Perot Museum's latest exhibit.

Posted on Mar 5, 2019 By Diana Alvarez

Named one of the world's must-see exhibitions by CNN, The Art of the Brick is now open at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Created by internationally renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya, The Art of the Brick features the largest collection of original pieces and re-imagined versions of some of history's most famous works of art constructed using only LEGO® bricks. Sawaya was inspired by the calming effect he found in creating with LEGO bricks, and solely put together every single piece in the collection – that's more than 100 pieces and nearly 1 billion LEGO bricks – put together over weeks and months.

The magic of the exhibit starts in the museum's lobby with Pegasus, a high flying recreation inspired by the Dallas icon, hanging overhead. The exhibit flows you through several rooms, with each room's theme apparent from the second you walk in. You'll likely recognize most of the pieces in the first room, dedicated to artistic masterpieces; Van Gogh's Starry Night, Michelangelo's David and Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring are all recreated with LEGO bricks. 

The second room takes you through tall, picturesque recreations of ancient sculptures in a gallery focused on art history. As you round the corner, you'll start noticing more color – like four oversized, vibrant skulls along a wall, and fan-favorite Yellow, known in the pop culture world for its appearance in the music video for Lady Gaga's "G.U.Y." 

Yellow has been featured in several pop culture moments, including a Lady Gaga music video. Photo Credit: Deb Manusama
Yellow has been featured in several pop culture moments, including a Lady Gaga music video. Photo Credit: Deb Manusama

It wouldn't be a complete exhibit at the Perot Museum without a dinosaur reference, and a massive one awaits you toward the end of the exhibit. You can't miss the 20-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, towering over anyone that enters the room and comprised of more than 80,000 LEGO bricks. 

The last room before you exit the exhibit is all about taking your new-found creative inspiration and getting hands on with the bricks. In The Science of the Brick, the interactive space is designed to get you to unlock your inner engineer. Play a round of musical notes with a machine that plays a tune based on each LEGO brick's color, or take a swing at LEGO derby car racing.  

A dinosaur skeleton made of more than 80,000 LEGO Bricks is featured toward the end of the exhibit. Photo Credit: Deb Manusama
A dinosaur skeleton made of more than 80,000 LEGO Bricks is featured toward the end of the exhibit. Photo Credit: Deb Manusama

The Art of the Brick runs through Aug, 18, 2019. 

Header Photo Credit: JerSean Golatt/Perot Museum of Nature and Science

 

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