Mye Miller and Macy Wheeler
Myriad colors greet visitors as they step into the “Art of the Brick” exhibit at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. A gallery filled with Lego interpretations of famous artworks, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” are placed alongside artist Nathan Sawaya’s original pieces.
In this traveling exhibit, Sawaya trades in paint and clay for Legos, combining the playfulness of toys with the beauty of sculpture to interpret art in a never-before-seen way.
“This exhibition, like all of our exhibits at the Perot Museum, encourages people to explore their scientific curiosity. Fostering that discovery and inspiring the next generation of scientists is why we exist,” said Krista Villarreal Moore, director of communications with the Perot.
A large dinosaur constructed completely out of these small bricks dominates an entire room, while the minute details of Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” make one question its Lego composition.
The artist’s unique pieces have even found their way into pop culture, with his work featured in a music video for Lady Gaga’s “G.U.Y.”
After the “Art of the Brick” exhibit directs guests through a room filled with Lego renditions of famous works of art, the gallery flows into a collection of Sawaya’s world-renowned original works, including his acclaimed piece “Yellow.” This leads to an intriguing multimedia display featuring Legostructures, a project made in collaboration with award-winning photographer Dean West.
The final destination of the exhibit is “The Science of the Brick,” a hands-on, interactive experience where guests are provided with Legos and given the opportunity to express their own creativity.
The exhibit is both polished and captivating, with well-designed layout and fascinating content.
eThe diversity of the exhibit attracts all ages, with visitors ranging from families with young children to groups of teenagers and adults. The entire exhibit is bilingual, with explanatory cards for each piece written in both English and Spanish. It remains on exhibit through Aug. 18.
The price of admission is $30, which includes general admission to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. No student discounts are offered.