Our family is a huge fan of LEGOs. They are a great tool for STEM education and creative expression but they are also just plain fun. We were really excited to get the opportunity to go to the Perot Museum's new traveling exhibit, The Art of the Brick.
The critically acclaimed exhibition touts the largest and most elaborate display of works constructed using only LEGO bricks. Created by internationally renowned 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. It was amazing getting to hear directly from Nathan Sawaya
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 Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Hokusai. It was built using 2,877 LEGO bricks and it is three-dimensional like the wave is just going to flow off of the wall.
No one can mistake this LEGO creation! It is, of course, Starry Nights by Vincent Van Gogh built with 3,493 LEGO pieces.
AAAAAHHHHHHH! There are 3,991 LEGOs making this amazing representation of the painting The Scream by Edvard Munch.
American Gothic by Grant Wood. 8,303 LEGOs are in this creation.
Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci was made with 4,573 LEGO pieces.
This one looks a little blocky when up close but step back from the screen a little or try squinting your eyes. It is unmistakably Rembrandt's self portrait recreated with 1,948 LEGOs.
This next creation is so unique! It is a translucent LEGO creation of the Northern Rose Window at Chartres. It is comprised of 17,842 LEGO pieces. Although the number of LEGO pieces used is quite astounding, what we really remarkable is the image on the floor below it. How beautiful!
Whistler's Arrangement in Gray and Black No. 1. It is made with 15,283 LEGO pieces.
Rachel was disturbed by the mostly naked LEGO statues in the next room. I think my jaw dropped for other reasons. Look at these amazing works of art....built from LEGO!
You can not possibly miss the looming head tucked away in the corner of the room!
Nefertiti was made with 1,675 LEGO pieces.
I didn't catch the name of this piece but I loved how the water droplets seem to pop out from the wall.
This amazingly huge piece is a self-portrait of Nathan Sawaya in LEGO!
Rachel enjoyed the entire exhibit but she was a bit entranced by the giant T-Rex made from 80,020 LEGO bricks!
We got a chance to talk to the incredible artist Nathan Sawaya.
The next time you go to the Perot, check out the LEGO Pegasus that greets you at the door. Guess how many LEGO were used to create this beauty and you could win a one year membership to the Perot!
If you would like to learn more about this amazing LEGO artist you can follow Nathan Sawaya on Facebook.
The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. Museum general admission is $20 for adults (13-64), $13 for youth (2-12) and $18 for seniors (65+). Museum general admission is free for members. Children under 2 are always free. The Art of the Brick requires a surcharge of $10 for adults (13-64) and seniors (65+), $8 for youth (2-12) and free for children under 2. Member tickets are $7 for all age levels. For ticket information, parking maps and other details visit perotmuseum.org.