Featured image: Visitor observes the Discobolus sculpture in The Art of the Brick traveling exhibit now at The Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
Photo by Jer/Sean Golatt/Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
Named by CNN as a must-see exhibition, The Art of The Brick features LEGO® brick renditions of famous masterpieces – such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Michelangelo’s David – plus a 20-foot T. rex skeleton (made of 80,000 bricks) and The Science of the Brick interactive creative space.
Visitors will get a few extra weeks to check out what CNN has named one of the world’s must-see exhibitions. Due to popular demand, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is extending The Art of the Brick traveling exhibition – which features recreated and original artistic masterpieces made of millions of LEGO bricks – through Labor Day (Sept. 2). The critically acclaimed exhibition touts the largest and most elaborate display of works constructed using only LEGO bricks.
Created by internationally renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya,The Art of the Brick is designed to inspire ingenuity and creativity with original pieces and re-imagined versions of some of history’s most famous works of art, including Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Michelangelo’s David and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Presented in English and Spanish, the exhibition requires a surcharge for members and non-members.
One of the most popular pieces is Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGObricks cascading from the cavity. (Yellow has gained pop-culture fame appearing on fashion labels, album covers and even in Lady Gaga’s music video “G.U.Y.”) Other crowd pleasers include a LEGO portrayal of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, a 20-foot-long T. rexskeleton (made of 80,000 bricks), a massive LEGO Moai (Easter Island monolith), and three LEGO sculptures of life-sized “people in the park” sitting on benches (a very popular selfie spot!). The exhibition also features a gallery showcasing an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO-brick infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West.
After soaking in all the LEGO eye candy, guests can build and tinker at The Science of the Brick – a hands-on interactive LEGO brick gallery featuring building challenges and interactive play spacesthatpromote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning for all ages.
Fun fact: Sawaya was formerly a corporate lawyer working in New York City. To unwind after work, he indulged his inner child by creating with LEGO bricks. Eventually, after encouragement from his friends and family, he decided to quit his job and follow his passion to become a full-time artist.
The Art of the Brick was produced by TSX and is presented locally by Highland Capital Management and supported locally by Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District. The Science of the Brick is presented locally by Texas Instruments, Inc.
HOURS. Through Sept. 2, the Perot Museum will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Members enjoy exclusive access to the Perot Museum and The Art of the Brick from 8-9 a.m. every Saturday and 9-10 a.m. every Sunday.
TICKETS. Museum general admission is $20 for adults (13-64), $13 for youth (2-12) and $18 for seniors (65+). Museum general admission is free for members. Children under 2 are always free.The Art of the Brickrequires asurcharge of $10 for adults (13-64) and seniors (65+), $8 for youth (2-12) and free for children under 2. Member tickets are $7 for all age levels.
The Perot Museum is DARTable with easy access on the DART bus and rail system. For route information, visit perotmuseum.org/directions.
The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. Museum general admission is free for members. For ticket information, parking maps and other details visit perotmuseum.orgor call 214-428-5555.
Highland Capital Management is the 2018-2019 Premier Partner of the Perot Museum.
About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The top cultural attraction in Dallas/Fort Worth and a Michelin Green Guide three-star destination, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in the heart of Dallas, Texas. With a mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The 180,000-square-foot facility in Victory Park opened in December 2012 and is now recognized as the symbolic gateway to the Dallas Arts District. Future scientists, mathematicians and engineers will find inspiration and enlightenment through 11 permanent exhibit halls on five floors of public space; a children’s museum; a state-of-the art traveling exhibition hall; and The Hoglund Foundation Theater. Designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, the Victory Park museum has been lauded for its artistry and sustainability. To learn more, please visit perotmuseum.org.
About Nathan Sawaya and The Art of the Brick. Former NYC corporate lawyer turned contemporary artist, Nathan Sawaya is the first artist ever to take the LEGO® brick into the art world as a medium. Sawaya has earned a top position in the world of contemporary art and has created a new dimension by merging Pop Art and Surrealism in awe-inspiring and groundbreaking ways. Sawaya’s touring exhibition –THE ART OF THE BRICK® – has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts around the world. CNN heralded, THE ART OF THE BRICK is one of the top ten “must-see exhibits in the world!” Sawaya is an author, speaker and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information visit brickartist.com.