The Art of the Brick – Not Your Typical LEGO® Build

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A couple of weeks ago, our friend Nicole came to visit us from Australia. She had never been to Oregon, so we tried to hit as many of the highlights as we could in the six days we had together. There was still snow on the ground, so some locations were not feasible, but we did spend two days on the Oregon/northern California coast and three days in the greater Portland area. The remaining two days were spent tooling around our little town and nearby Roseburg, mainly shopping and cooking.

Boo lives in greater Portland. She works at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). When I told her we were bringing Nicole to Portland for a visit, Boo told us that OMSI was running a special exhibit called The Art of the Brick. We knew we had to go.

Nicole is a huge LEGO fan. She has a four year old nephew, who most of her purchases go to, but truth be told, she keeps some of them for herself. She took me to the LEGO store in Tigard and, I have to say, I would have bought the LEGO Disney Castle, if I could’ve afforded it. So cute!!

OMSI is located in the Industrial District of Portland, on the Willamette River. It was built in 1992, and encompasses the existing Portland General Electric turbine building. The museum has six permanent exhibits, eight labs, and a theater and planetarium, as well as rotating special exhibits, like The Art of the Brick.

Of course, as soon as we parked and paid our admission, the first thing we had to do was find  Boo! She works at the cafe at OMSI.

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Art, Boo and I outside her work (with a photo bomb by one of her co-workers)

After our visit with Boo, we went straight to The Art of the Brick. The exhibit starts out with a short video by award-winning artist, Nathan Sawaya. Previously a NYC corporate lawyer, Sawaya is the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world.

After the video, we were free to walk around the 2 stories of exhibit. It would be impossible, for me to describe, so instead I’ll share with you some of the amazing sculptures we experienced.

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A re-creation of one of the rose windows at the Chartres Cathedral in France.

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Art thought this sculpture was funny, but I thought it was sad. The pieces for his hands are within his reach, but he can’t reach them because he has no hands!!

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This was a collaboration between Nathan Sawaya and a photographer. The dress is made of LEGO and was superimposed onto the model.
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and here’s the dress

And that is just a very small sampling of the many beautiful and thought-provoking sculptures at The Art of the Brick exhibit, which runs through May 29th at the OMSI, or check it out at a museum near you.

I did not receive any compensation for this post. I bought my own tickets and wanted to share the experience with my readers.

Splurge On Yourself With Help From Safeway’s Just For U #SFWJust4U17

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Tatu Digital Media. All opinions are 100% my own.

Recently, I lost an extra 10 pounds, which means my clothes are getting too big. I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy some new, better fitting additions to my wardrobe. I love a good bargain, so I am constantly scanning the ads for a great deal on some new tops and skirts (and of course, a few new undergarments).

Be sure to read through to the end for your chance to win a $50 Visa gift card.

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Keep Gift Cards On Hand For:

  • Teachers – Tuck a Visa gift card into a reusable lunch sack.
  • Neighbors – Tie a Visa gift card to a potted plant.
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