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Wednesday 13 January 2021

The Art of the Brick

Hey Colorado friends! 

Are a big Lego fan like me? Do you love art? 

If you answered yes to both questions then get yourself to Denver Museum of Nature & Science for The Art of the Brick exhibition!

This amazing exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya has been on display at the museum for quite a while now and we actually visited back over Summer break. I've been meaning to share it with you for such a long time. It actually closes in eleven days so I figured it was about time I shared it with you all. Better late than never, right?

If you've been here a long time (a really long time), then you'll know that this isn't our first visit to Art of the Brick. In fact, we checked it out in Melbourne, Australia way back in 2011! You can check it out here. Since that first visit Nathan Sawaya has created a LOT of art, so while there were a few pieces that we recognized from 9 years ago, most of the pieces were new to us.

Let's take a look...

The Art of the Brick has a focus on fine art recreated with Lego bricks. From prehistoric cave paintings, through to ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, renaissance paintings and art nouveau masterpieces, there's something for everyone. The variety of building styles used to create these artworks is just as varied as the original artworks themselves. Impressionist works created with tiny round pieces. Bricks built up in layers to create a textured oil paint look. Smooth flat bricks used to create a polished look. Paintings brought to life as three dimensional sculptures. It's pretty amazing to think just how flexible the humble Lego brick can be. 

As well as the famous artworks, the exhibition features quite a few sculptures that focus on storytelling and creating. 

Nathan Sawaya is known for his human figure sculptures, generally in solid color, and there were plenty of these on display too. A few of these figures can be found dotted around the museum on benches where visitors can sit with them. Most of the figures are created pretty close to human size, but the final figure was gigantic. This huge figure is a swimmer embedded in a pool of Lego bricks.  

Nathan Sawaya is also known for his giant Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. We actually saw this one at the Art of the Brick exhibition back in 2011, so it was a nice surprise to see it again. 

Finishing up the exhibition is a series of photo realistic items made from Lego. These items are featured in photographs that line the walls and they blend into their surroundings so well you wouldn't know they were Lego at first glance. A windswept red dress, fluffy clouds, an umbrella, a beach towel and flip flops, train tracks... These were all really impressive and one of my favorite parts of the exhibition.

The Art of the Brick is on display at Denver Museum of Nature & Science through January 24th. Tickets must be purchased online in advance and a separate museum entry is required. Museum entry starts at $14.95 for children ages 3 - 18 and $19.95 for adults. Museum members and children under age 3 are admitted free of charge but still require a timed ticket. Tickets for The Art of the Brick are $7 for children and $9 for adults.  

Denver Museum of Nature & Science is located at 2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://www.dmns.org/.

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