Anchorage Museum builds on LEGO craze with educational exhibition
September 25, 2014
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“Brick by Brick” on view Oct. 3 – Jan. 11, 2015 at the Anchorage Museum
Building blocks. They’re just toys. Right?
Not even close. Using LEGO® bricks, artists have created life-size statues of everyone from Stephen Colbert to Jesus Christ. Inventors have built robots, 3-D printers, V-8 engines … more than 1,000 enthusiasts banded together in England to construct an entire house (with working toilet and shower).
The new exhibition “Brick by Brick,” organized by the Anchorage Museum, explores the creative potential of LEGO toys and bricks. On view Oct. 3 through Jan. 11, 2015, the exhibition examines the topic from all angles, looking at the artistic, scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical applications. The Anchorage Museum ordered about 100,000 LEGO bricks for the exhibition play areas and related events.
Two internationally renowned artists are at the core of “Brick by Brick.” New York artist Nathan Sawaya composes large-scale sculptures from LEGO bricks: The Anchorage Museum exhibition includes his companion exhibition “The Art of the Brick.” The second featured artist is British photographer Mike Stimpson, known for re-creating classic photographs from history and popular culture using LEGO figurines.
This hands-on exhibition includes a workshop area and iPads with custom-built games, including Brickify Me!, which lets visitors see what they’d look like if they were made from building blocks.
The 7,500-square-foot exhibition includes Alaska-made creations, such as a scale model of the Anchorage Museum built by Anchorage LEGO enthusiast Jeff Jones, and a 5,000-brick model of the Titanic designed and built by 12-year-old Rio Shemet of Homer.
The Anchorage Museum chose to focus on LEGO toys for this exhibition because they are more relevant than ever: The Danish toy company recently surpassed rival Mattel to become the world’s top toymaker.
Building blocks originally were developed to improve children’s hand-eye coordination, social skills, and understanding of math and science. Today LEGO bricks are a contemporary material used by architects, engineers and artists in their daily work.
“Brick by Brick” is about the possibilities of the physical (and digital) building block, and humans’ continual longing to build.
Tickets cost $12-$20. Please note that during free events, fees still apply for this premium exhibition. Purchase tickets and learn more at anchoragemuseum.org/brickbybrick.
This exhibition is presented by ConocoPhillips.
The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. Learn more at anchoragemuseum.org.
LEGO, MINDSTORMS, and the Minifigure are trademarks and/or copyrights of the LEGO Group of Companies, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this exhibition.