Monday we took an unexpected trip to OMSI. Their featured exhibit is “The Art of the Brick.”
We enjoyed reading and learning about the artist. It was interesting that he started as a lawyer and then found a passion for LEGO® art. He made a leap into pursuing his passion, and the rest is history!
This was the first display we saw. SO AMAZINGLY cool! The kids (ages 9 to 14) were all amazed!
The exhibit doesn’t just feature sculptures. There are “pictures” created with the LEGO bricks. Close-up you can tell they are made of LEGO, but from a distance they look like watercolor paintings!
This was my favorite. A castle coming out of a book. I feel like I could just into the sculpture and be there!
This one awed me. It’s simply called “Hanging”.
What LEGO® exhibit is complete without the chance to play with LEGOs? There are 2 areas (1 for the older kids and 1 for the younger kids) for the kids to design to their heart’s content!
Before we went to the exhibit, we watched 2012: Mayan Prophecies in the Planetarium. The kids thought the show was rather odd (it was) and I figured they really were not going to remember anything.
So, my surprise…
Missy and Bear recreated one of the Mayan temples. They didn’t remember the names, but they could tell me the story. Just when I think they are not paying attention…
The children get to display their projects on the art gallery for a certain amount of time. The girls were so proud!
Miss Elle (our friend) created this apple. So fun!
Missy kept creating and creating. Here she is with her space-saving vehicle.
The Boy is into helicopters. He only wished he had the parts to make the propellers movable. (And BTW…see that upper shadow…yep, he’s gonna be shaving soon. Sigh.)
The exhibit is open at OMSI from March 17 to April 29, 2012. Cost is free with your museum admission.
Playing with LEGO® blocks will take on a whole new meaning to visitors of the upcoming The Art of the Brick exhibition at OMSI. Opening March 17 for a limited six-week run, the new exhibit will feature large-scale sculptures created exclusively out of LEGO toy building blocks by well-known artist Nathan Sawaya. LEGO stylings from Portland artists Jeff Sanders, Steve Barile and Dennis Newell will also be on display, along with a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and challenges.
Sawaya’s creations comprise one of the largest and most popular art exhibits currently touring the world. Based in New York City but raised in Veneta, Oregon, Sawaya transforms the popular plastic construction toy into amazing showcases of creativity, innovation and fine art.
We highly recommend you visit this exhibit before it leaves. We each walked through it at least 2-3 times. I would have taken even more pictures, but I didn’t take my camera, so I used my Droid phone camera.