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For the Love of LEGO: "The Art of The Brick" at the Pacific Science Center

If you have a LEGO lover in your family, or even if you don't, don't miss the awe-inspiring "The Art of The Brick," at the Pacific Science Center, closing Sept 11.

Nathan Sawaya's T-Rex with over 80,000 LEGO bricks at the Pacific Science Center


It’s not everyday that you hear about a lawyer replacing his legal pads for a few million LEGOs. But that’s exactly what native Washingtonian and longtime LEGO lover Nathan Sawaya did over ten years ago. And since then he’s been building unforgettable and inspiring pieces, brick by colorful brick.


Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man

Head to the Pacific Science Center to see these masterpieces in person. Named one of CNN’s Top Ten “Global Must-See Exhibition’s,” Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick features over 120 pieces, from original creations to three-dimensional replicas of renowned works like Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, Michelangelo’s David and Hokusai’s The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.

Sawaya recently gave advice to graduates at his alma mater, New York University, reminding them that they don’t always have to follow the rules. “I realized it didn’t have to be what is on the front of the box; it can be anything I can imagine. So, if I want to go to the moon, I can build myself a rocket. There were no limits and I didn’t have to follow the instructions.” 


Sculpture of a submerged swimmer


Brick by brick, Nathan brings to life sculptures that inspire creativity, exploration and a sense that anything is possible. Quotes from Sawaya are sprinkled through the exhibit: “Art makes better humans, art is necessary in understanding the world and art makes people happy. Undeniably, art is not optional.”

Although it’s a hands-off exhibit, kids will most likely appreciate the works just as much as mom and dad. The tour begins with a short video narrated by Nathan, succinctly summing up his passion for creativity and love of LEGO. A sure favorite will be the towering T-Rex that boasts over 80,000 bricks, displayed thematically in a room all to itself.

On his best-known piece, Yellow, Nathan remarks why he believes it attracts both kids and adults: “I think we grown-ups appreciate how cathartic ‘opening oneself up to the wold’ can be for our souls. And the kids? Probably because yellow guts spilling onto the floor looks cool. For me, this piece is about the metamorphosis I have been through on my journeys.”


Kids can sign their name on a brick to add to the community pile

Snap a photo at the end next to the green LEGO guy, and on your way out, stop to sign a brick to add to the community collection, which endorses Sawaya’s main message: Creativity is for everyone.








Where: Seattle Center- Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave N, Seattle

When: Now through September 11, 2016

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays

Price: Adults $28.75; seniors (65+): $26.75; youth (6-15) $23.75; child (3-5) $20.75; members (all ages) $7. *Tickets include general admission to entire Science Center.

Good to know: This is an adamantly hands off exhibit, so make sure your little ones will be able to comply. There are no restrooms inside the exhibit.

https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/the-art-of-the-brick/ / 206-443-2001

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