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Top Reasons You Must See Art of the Brick at The Franklin Institute

Incredible exhibition of LEGO artwork on display in Philadelphia for a limited time

For generations, LEGO® has inspired the imaginations of millions from around the globe with its signature bricks and endless possibilities.

See how the popular toy can be used to recreate famous artworks and larger-than-life wonders during The Art of the Brick at The Franklin Institute, now extended through October 4, 2015.

The exhibition, which has been wowing audiences around the globe since 2007, features more than 100 works from artist and LEGO expert Nathan Sawaya. Wander past DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, a massive stone head from Easter Island or a 20-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex–all made entirely from LEGOs.

The Art of the Brick is only in Philly for a limited time, so read on for more reasons why you can’t miss this imaginative exhibition.

Get up close to masterworks from Van Gogh, Da Vinci and more.

The Art of the Brick features more than 100 incredible pieces including re-imaginings of famous artworks, original works and whimsical creations—all made entirely of LEGOs. (Photo courtesy of The Franklin Institute)

No need to travel to see famous statues from around the world.

Instead of flying to Paris, Florence or Easter Island, head to the Franklin Institute to see full-size recreations of famous statues like David or Venus De Milo. (Photo by Darryl Moran for The Franklin Institute)

Art of the Brick has been named one of CNN’s top “Must-See Exhibits in the World.”

Since debuting in 2007, Art of the Brick has since traveled the world wowing audiences in across the United States, Europe, Australia, China and more. (Photo courtesy of The Franklin Institute)

Did someone say dinosaurs?

Kids (and adults) will love the massive Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton that is over 20-feet long and made up of more than 80,000 LEGOs. From head to tail, the impressive piece took more than three months to construct. (Photo by Darryl Moran for tThe Franklin Institute)

Classic paintings come to life.

Not all paintings are direct representations. Several classic works of art , like the Whistler’s Mother, can be seen from a new angle as they are recreated in 3D. (Photo by Darryl Moran for The Franklin Institute)

Don’t miss the world-debut of a new LEGO work-of-art.

Artist Nathan Sawaya (pictured above) built a life-size replica of the Liberty Bell exclusively for the Philadelphia stop of The Art of the Brick. The impressive piece called “Fixed” uses colorful bricks to “fix” the bell’s famous crack. (Photo by Darryl Moran for The Franklin Institute)

Everything is awesome—the re-creations, the innovations and the inspiring original works.

Many of the original pieces featured in the exhibition capture a feeling or emotion using a combination of LEGOs and the human body. “Everlasting” is inspired by a couple spotted holding hands in the busy streets of New York City. (Photo by Darryl Moran for The Franklin Institute)

Find your inspiration.

The “In Pieces” section of the exhibition shows how LEGOs can inspire other artists, as Sawaya’s works were used in a collaboration with photographer Dean West. Can you find all the hidden LEGO items in each photo? (Photo by Darryl Moran for The Franklin Institute)

Create your own works of LEGO art at Ben’s Brick House.

Unleash your own LEGO creativity at Ben’s Brick House, an interactive play space featuring building bricks of all sizes located outside of the Tuttleman IMAX® Theater. (Photo by Darryl Moran for The Franklin Institute)

Millions of people from around the globe have been inspired by the exhibition since its debut.

Pieces like the “Swimmer” feel like they could almost be real. Created over 15 days, this representation of a female swimmer is one of several challenging and imaginative works highlighting the art of the human body. (Photo by Darryl Moran for The Franklin Institute)

See the exhibit, then try this at home!

While pieces in Art of the Brick use thousands of LEGOs, there’s no reason you can dig into your toy box at home and begin creating your own mini-masterpieces! (Photo by Darryl Moran for The Franklin Institute)

BONUS: Watch a sneak preview of the Art of the Brick

 


 

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