The Art of the Brick

The Art of the Brick is an amazing exhibition for the entire family.


The Art of the Brick is an amazing exhibition for the entire family.  Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is the current stop for this vibrant and whimsical global touring exhibition of artist Nathan Sawaya.  CNN has rated The Art of the Brick as one of the “Must See Exhibitions”, and after experiencing it with my family, I have to agree.

In our family, we have ages ranging from infant to preteen.  Sometimes it is hard to find a family activity that is truly fun for the entire family, while still being budget friendly.  Thanks to Groupon offering an OMSI annual family membership at more than half off, we were able to have the entire family go to The Art of the Brick for only $18 (that’s less than an adult entrance without a membership).

After a short film about the artist, we were encouraged to take lots and lots of pictures and to explore two stories of Lego art.  But one rule, NO TOUCHING!!!  I actually thought it would be extremely tempting (for the kids and me of course), but with so much to see around each and every corner, we never really thought about touching them.  We were more excited about what was next.

There was such a wide variety of displays.  Legos were transformed into famous paintings, well-known sculptures, ancient artifacts and many original pieces of artwork as well.  I almost felt like I was being transported around the globe to experience all of the Wonders of the World.

Art can be beautiful and awe-inspiring in any medium, including the Lego toys we all grew up with.  Hopefully this will capture the soul of a child, a possible aspiring artist in the making.  And for a 9 year old boy who enjoys Legos like mine, this exhibition opened up his mind to not just art but the science and architecture behind his favorite toys.

While the entire family enjoyed seeing famous pieces of artwork transferred into 2D and 3D Lego sculptures, the kids favorite part was at the very end.  There was an entire room filled with Legos and tables to make their own creations.  Some decided to display them on the shelves for all to see and others just loved trying to make their own sculptures.  But ultimately as they started to create their own sculptures, they began to realize that art is not stuffy or complex, art can be fun and life changing at every age.

“These works are very personal to me, since they reflect my growth as an artist as I strove to discover my creative identity,” said Sawaya.  “The museum exhibition is accessible because it engages the child in all of us while simultaneously illuminating sophisticated and complex concepts.  Everyone can relate to the medium since it is a toy that many children have at home.  But my goal with this exhibition when it first debuted in 2007 was to elevate the simple plaything to a place it has never been before.”

The Art of the Brick is a traveling exhibition.  The last day to visit this amazing Lego extraordinaire at OMSI in Portland, Oregon is Monday, May 29, 2017.  To see where it will be next, visit The Art of the Brick, for more details.


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