Monday, February 9, 2015

The Art of the Brick

This weekend we went to the Franklin Institute for a special exhibit called The Art of the Brick, an artist's rendering of paintings and sculptures done completely in legos. I know what you're thinking-isn't that just for kids?-but nay, my friends. It's for creatives of all ages, and not so creatives but super smart engineer boyfriends who watch shows like "How it's Made" and "How'd They Do That," inquisitor buildy types. Plus, inquisitor buildy engineer type boyfriends most definitely played with legos as kids. So, win win all over the place.

nathan lego art
The artist. You are so right, Nathan. I'm going to add art made from sounds (ie music, cuz that's art, too).
 Legos, all of it. The floor, the table, the drawers.
Whoa. Dinosaur got a room all too himself.  Doesn't this look like you're in a Natural History Museum or something? You could say this was bones, and i'd believe you.

sculpture art legos
 This Moai sculpture was made of 75,450 bricks. The artist said it was one of the largest, taking months to complete. Crazy how rectangles can make the curve of the chin.

This was an original creation, titled Grasp, and was life size. All of the original pieces had an explanation or positive words, which was a nice touch.

The art reproductions were some of my favorites, as you can compare it to the original.
This pixelated Mona Lisa used 4,573 legos to create.

I forget what this was titled, but it looks awesome. Something about how creativity is inside us all, i think.

The scream! Some of the art pieces were dimensional, like this, American Gothic and Whistler's Mother.

So crazy, i can't even imagine making this actually work out.

The Kiss, by Gustav Klimt, was one of my favorites, too. So perfect to the painting, and this was dimensional and life size.
The Swimmer too 15 days to complete and used over 10,980 pieces.

The Wave.
lego art the wave

Ok, i know it's just a towel, but that DRAPE is killer. How does that even happen!!??
 Tree huggers.

The Venus De Milo, also life size, and used 18, 483 pieces of legos.

Which are your favorites?  Ever seen sculptures in a unique medium? I'd love to see those giant butter carvings, but i'd settle for a fabulous sand castle display.

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Chrissy @ Adventures in DIY said...

The Scream & Starry Night are way cool! And the dinosaur is amazing. Super awesome exhibit! The kid in me still loves legos. :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What fun! I love this and would enjoy seeing this display!


Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

This is awesome! I would love to have one.

Rose @ Walnut Acre said...

These are so amazing it's hard to choose a favorite! I love The Wave, and the Mona Lisa, and the dinosaur . . . and that towel is just cool!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh my gosh, this is so cool! My son was a lego obsessed kid. But you are right, legos aren't just for kids. It is amazing what a creative mind can create!

The Kim Six Fix said...

Wow! These are amazing. I love them all.. Almost makes it worthwhile to step on them when the kids don't put them away.. one day they may be creating beautiful art pieces like this! You never know!

Budget Travel Talk said...

I'm in awe of anyone who can make such things out of Lego. My sons lego was hard enough for me. It is so creative though!

Noel Morata said...

wow, these were stunning and fun at the same time, what an amazing show.

The Charm of Home said...

Oh my the Easter Island style face is amazing! I always like to look at these in Walt Disney World at the Lego store. Thank you for linking with Home Sweet Home!

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai said...

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Claire | Fashion + Feathers said...

What an incredible concept! I absolutely love that first one with the black and white floor!

Claire said...

Love Edvard Munch the Scream lego. Its my husbands favourite being half Norwegian might have something to do with that. He even got me to do a version with are dog in it "the Woof".