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THE ART OF THE BRICK, The World’s Largest Display Of Lego® Art, Now on Display At Carnegie Science Center’s New PPG Science Pavilion™

Jun 30, 2018 11:50AM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

THE ART OF THE BRICK, featuring 100 creative and inspiring sculptures made of LEGO bricks, opened Sat., June 16 at Carnegie Science Center’s new PPG Science Pavilion. THE ART OF THE BRICK is the first major museum exhibition to use LEGO bricks as the sole art medium. 

In celebration of the Pittsburgh opening, world-renowned LEGO® artist Nathan Sawaya reinterpreted a beloved icon of Steel City architecture to create a sculpture inspired by the Three Sisters Bridges—the Roberto Clemente, Andy Warhol, and Rachel Carson bridges. It measures 46” x 67” x 45” and contains 12,380 LEGO bricks.

Sawaya transforms LEGO bricks into tremendous and thought-provoking sculptures, elevating the toy to the realm of art. Sawaya’s ability to transform this common toy into something meaningful, his devotion to spatial perfection, and the way he conceptualizes action, enables him to elevate what almost every child has played with into the status of contemporary art.

Designed to inspire ingenuity and creativity, THE ART OF THE BRICK is the world's largest and most elaborate display of LEGO art. Visitors will get up-close with the fan favorite, Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from it. Other favorites include a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton and a giant skull made with LEGO bricks. The LEGO art collection features original pieces as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world's most famous art masterpieces like Van Gogh's Starry Night and Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, as well as a gallery showcasing an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick-infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West. 

After being inspired by Sawaya’s artwork, visitors will discover their inner architect in The Science of the Brick, Carnegie Science Center’s hands-on builder activity area. It features 17 activity tables with eight different brick building challenges and interactives, plus free-play and demonstration areas. Visitors will be able to create their own brick masterpieces, build a maze out of LEGO bricks, design a brick race car, and more.

“THE ART OF THE BRICK takes LEGO somewhere you wouldn’t expect and shows you things you have never seen before,” said Sawaya. “The goal with this collection of art is to demonstrate the potential of imagination and the power of creativity.”

THE ART OF THE BRICK is the inaugural exhibition for the new Scaife Exhibit Gallery, located inside Carnegie Science Center’s new PPG Science Pavilion, a 48,000-square-foot, $33 million expansion.

“Whether you’re a child learning how to piece LEGO sets together, an adult who remembers creating imaginative displays in your younger days, or an art enthusiast, THE ART OF THE BRICK is for everyone,” said Carnegie Science Center Co-Director Ann Metzger. “Just like the Science Center, THE ART OF THE BRICK aims to delight and inspire people of all ages. This exhibit will appeal to anyone who has ever picked up a LEGO brick and let their imagination run free.”

“THE ART OF THE BRICK ties together engineering, design, and creativity, making it a perfect complement to the Science Center’s STEM-focused mission,” said Carnegie Science Center Co-Director Ron Baillie. “We’re excited to see how this exhibition will encourage young minds to build.”

For more information, visit THE ART OF THE BRICK will be on display through Jan. 7, 2019.