Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Art of the Brick at the MCFTA

Brad's Aunt Cheri and Uncle Bill were up from South Carolina, visiting where they used to live. We drove a few hours to met Cheri at the Midland Center for the Arts and tour the special LEGO® exhibition they are currently hosting. The first thing we saw was this amazing LEGO® town made by the Michigan Lego Users Group. It even contains some Midland landmarks, like the tall building.
Here's another view, it's really huge and you could look at it all day and not see all the details. So much fun for LEGO® enthusiasts! We spied samurai's sword fighting on top of a Chinese restaurant, Indiana Jones, Princess Leia, and several different kinds of fruit trees among other things.
ER enjoyed playing in the SnapZone with these large scale blocks. There were also tables and plenty of regular sized LEGO® set out for budding architects to build with. You could spend all day sculpting with them.
Twenty-eight of Nathan Sawaya's sculptures made entirely out of LEGO® building bricks were the main part of the exhibit. I was especially taken with this rendering of crayons, the wrapper peeling off is what really impressed me.
ER was more drawn to this castle coming out of a book. I also thought this version of Mt. Rushmore was pretty impressive. "Think" was Brad's favorite.If your child loves LEGO®, you should definitely check out Nathan Sawaya's online gallery to see more of his work. You'll be messmerized and inspired by his creativity and the sheer range of his subjects from every day objects, to famous landmarks and people, to the imaginary.
I'll leave you with one more creation we saw, not by Nathan Sawaya, it was one of several famous buildings around the top floor perimeter. This magical castle, ER really loved. She spent several moments looking at Cinderella, finding Minnie and Micky, as well as several Toy Story Army guys scaling it's walls.

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♥ Noelle ♥ said...

Wow!!! Those are amazing lego sculptures! My boys would have went bananas if they say that:)

Infant Bibliophile said...

Amazing! I especially like the Mt. Rushmore and the crayons. I'm not sure I could show my little guy those... then he'd keep insisting we build those things. :)

Ticia said...

Oh my, I'd love to go to that exhibit. It looks even more fun than the one we found up here.

debbie said...

I hope your family enjoyed the exhibit. The Center is a great place to take kids to. (I am not just saying that because I live in this town). Sometimes it is a small world.

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

Wow, all of those are unbelievable. Isn't it amazing what can be built out of Legos? My daughter has been asking to go to Legoland lately. I think we will be making a short trip in late October to surprise the girls.

malia said...

supercool! we went to a similar show in seattle last winter... the line to get in was wrapped around the block. i sort of love legos myself!

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