On a summer road trip along I-70, stop to see an incredible northeast Kansas art museum exhibiting sculptures by a New York artist whose medium isn’t clay or stone, but Legos. The Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University of Topeka is showing 28 of Nathan Sawaya’s sculptures in a traveling exhibit, “The Arts of the Brick.” Sawaya has taken the small scale toy and transformed it into one of the largest and most popular art exhibits currently touring the country.
The exhibit includes a sculpture of a full-sized cello and one depicting a kneeling, grief-stricken father carrying the limp body of his son. The sculptures are true works of art and very moving and thought provoking. This exhibit is one primarily of the human forms, but he also has other exhibits that include dinosaurs and an exhibit in Paris, France. The artist has more than 1.5 million Lego bricks stored in his New York studio to create his sculptures.
Like most young kids, Nathan Sawaya started playing with LEGO® at a young age, but he never stopped building, creating and exploring his own imagination. The result has solidified his place in pop culture history and he is making an indelible mark on the art world as well. Sawaya says he creates with LEGO® bricks because he enjoys seeing people’s reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. The familiarity of the Lego bricks makes his sculptures attractive to many people, even those who’ve never patronized an art museum before. Reports NBC News
Visitors to the Mulvane Art Museum during The Art of the Brick exhibit will be able to try their hand at creating their own brick masterpieces in an interactive, hands-on portion of the exhibition in the Museum’s ArtLab located in the basement. It is great fun for kids of all ages.
When: June 18 – September 18, 2011
Hours: 10-5 during the week, 1-4 on weekends
Mulvane Art Museum Address:
1700 SW Jewell Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66621
The Art of the Brick Hotel Package: We enjoyed a room with the Ramada Convention Center, Downtown Topeka. They did not recognize their advertised package that said, “mention that you will be viewing The Art of the Brick exhibit at the Mulvane Art Museum and receive a room rate of $79 plus tax.” But they honored it anyway, and we recommend the accommodation.
Tip: If you want the included breakfast, be there before 9:00am.
Ramada Convention Center, Downtown Topeka
1-800 432-2424 or www.topekaramada.com