Did you play with Lego brick as a kid? Well if you kept practicing, just maybe, you could have created one of the 100 arresting creations on display as part of The Art of the Brick, an exhibit continuing at Union Station through May 28.
The Art of the Brick has inspired and thrilled audiences from Brazil to Australia, France to Russia and Taiwan to Spain. This first-ever art exhibition focused exclusively on the use of LEGO bricks as an art medium is one of those rare experiences nearly impossible to describe, but so easy to love. Over 100 arresting creations from the mind of a contemporary art genius. In a full 10 galleries make up this massive presentation, ending with a hands-on creation gallery in which each guest will be invited to construct their own masterpiece . . . from LEGO bricks, of course.
“The exhibition is accessible because it engages the child in all of us while simultaneously illuminating sophisticated and complex concepts,” Nathan Sawaya, artists, says.
Sawaya is an acclaimed New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring artwork out of a toy. His art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only LEGO bricks. Originally from Oregon, Sawaya’s childhood dreams were always fun and creative. He drew cartoons, wrote stories, perfected magic tricks and of course also played with LEGO. His days were filled with imagination.
When it came time for college, Sawaya moved to New York City, attended NYU and became a lawyer. But after years of million dollar mergers and corporate acquisitions on Park Avenue, Sawaya realized he would rather be sitting on the floor creating art, than sitting in a board room negotiating contracts. He walked away from the law and took an artistic risk on LEGO. Now Sawaya is an author, speaker and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time.
Tickets to the exhibit are: $15.95 per person, seniors/military $12.95, and children (ages 3-12) $11.95. Union Station Hours are: Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m. Last tickets are sold 60 minutes prior to the exhibition closing.