Pick the tiny Lego pieces out of your feet and hurry down to the Pacific Science Center to get a real glimpse of the creations that can be made with the colorful bricks. The one-of-a-kind exhibition “The Art of the Brick” opens in Seattle on Saturday.
The critically acclaimed exhibit by artist Nathan Sawaya features more than 100 works of art and is called the world’s largest and most elaborate display using the iconic toy.
Sawaya’s original pieces as well a recreations of famous masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” will be on display.
“These works are very personal to me, since they reflect my growth as an artist as I strove to discover my creative identity,” Sawaya said in a news release. “‘The Art of the Brick’ 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 this simple plaything to a place it has never been before.”
According to the Pacific Science Center website, guests will have the opportunity to “get an up-close and in-person view of the iconic, pop culture fan favorite, “Yellow,” a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of sunshine yellow Lego bricks cascading from the cavity. In addition, visitors will be able to walk under a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton made out of bricks and come face-to-face with a giant Lego skull.”
“The Art of the Brick” has previously enjoyed record-breaking runs in New York, Philadelphia, Singapore, Taiwan and Australia. It runs until Sept.11 in Seattle. Tickets are $9 for the general public in addition to general admission to Pacific Science Center and are $7 for all Pacific Science Center Members.