Wildly popular ‘The Art of the Brick’ exhibit opens at Tyler Museum of Art

Thousands of people are expected to wind their way through an exhibition featuring thousands of LEGO bricks arranged into 25 large-scale sculptures at the Tyler Museum of Art.Wildly popular 'The Art of the Brick' exhibit opens at Tyler Museum of Art

The Art of the Brick, a global-touring exhibit by Nathan Sawaya, is being hosted at the museum on the campus of Tyler Junior College through September 13.

Opening weekend, the exhibit broke museum records for attendance on an opening day, single-day, and opening weekend.

The Art of the Brick is such a popular exhibition because the artist uses a familiar childhood toy to create powerful and engaging sculptures,” TMA Executive Director Chris Leahy said in a news release. “Children and adults are instantly captured by the creativity and design of these human forms. We’ve gotten calls from as far away as Tuscaloosa, Ala., asking when they can see this show.”

Wildly popular 'The Art of the Brick' exhibit opens at Tyler Museum of Art 2The creations take the form of full-scale sculptures of the human body in various forms, more abstract sculptures, and two-dimensional portraits of famous figures, like Alfred Hitchcock, Andy Warhol, and Marilyn Monroe.

I spent part of an afternoon admiring the attention to detail and skill that went into assembling each creation. This exhibit will certainly be a draw for anyone who’s ever touched a LEGO brick in their lifetime, to those with a penchant for more cerebral artistic endeavors.

For information on the Tyler Museum of Art’s hours and exhibits, visit www.tylermuseum.org. For more information about Sawaya, visit brickartist.com or nathansawaya.com.

The views expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of KLTV/KTRE-TV or Raycom Media.  They are solely the opinion of the author. All content © Copyright 2015 Lane Luckie

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