The Art of the Brick Exhibit at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa is a very unique one. A lawyer turn artist, Nathan Sawaya, created these wonderful works of art using thousands of LEGO blocks. You can visit this exhibit May 16th and September 3rd. Everyone will find something to admire at this exhibit and your kids will most certainly enjoy, not only the exhibit, but the activities that come with the exhibit as well.
Let’s Play ‘I Spy”
As you walk in, make sure to pick up your own I SPY card. The kids love exploring the museum and looking for the pieces of art circled on their card.
The LEGO Masterpieces
The exhibit lures you in right of the bat, as you get to enjoy and admire Lego versions of the most famous pieces of art – paintings and sculptures alike.
As you move on, the kids will love the fairytale castle, and colourful crayons. Not to mention a pencil much taller than most of us.
This part of the exhibit is more for moms and dads as not many kids understand the metaphors displayed through these amazing sculptures. But even so, they will most certainly enjoy these unique and darkly-themed pieces in this part of the exhibit.
From 2D to 3D
This part of the exhibit of the Art of the Brick is definitely one of a kind. The artist took objects straight from paintings and brought them to life using tiny Lego locks. Stunning! Your kids will definitely enjoy finding the Lego ‘sculptures’ on the paintings (I know mine did!).
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There are a few wonderful sculptures in between, but “Yellow” is most certainly the most well known piece made by Sawaya so far. As the little tag by the sculpture explains – it draws both, the adults (who appreciate it’s metaphorical meaning) and children (who enjoy the bright colour and find the sculpture intriguing). And lets face it, any little palaeontologist in making will enjoy this huge skeleton of a t-rex!
Now It’s Your Turn
Looking at all these marvellous pieces as you walk through the Art of the Brick is fun, but kids love hands on activities. And trust me, you’ll spend a lot of time here with your little ones. The LEGO room is divided into several areas that appeal to kids of all ages and some adults as well. From LEGO walls to sculpture corners, there is plenty to occupy your little one for quite a while. In my opinion, a great conclusion to a fabulous exhibit. There is plenty of time to visit the exhibit, but if you happen to miss the Ottawa exhibit of The Art of the Brick Exhibit you can still enjoy it in various places in the United States. Check out the Exhibition Schedule for more details.
And even without this special exhibit, your children will love a ton of hands-on, engaging activities the newly renovated Canada Museum of Science and Technology has to offer.