A new exhibit featuring art made exclusively from Lego bricks, including a massive Tyrannosaurus rex, debuts at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) on Monday, according to a September release.
The Art of the Brick, created by corporate attorney turned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya, features more than 100 works of art.
Along with a 20-foot T-rex skeleton, comprised of over 80,000 Lego bricks, the exhibit includes giant Lego skulls and re-imagined versions of famous masterpieces such as Michelangelo's David, Van Gogh's Starry Night and Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
Also on display is a gallery showcasing a multimedia collection of Lego brick photography produced with award-winning photographer Dean West as well as life-size sculpture, Yellow.
Yellow features a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow Lego bricks cascading from the cavity. The sculpture gained pop-culture fame after appearing on various fashion labels and in the music video for Lady Gaga's song, "G.U.Y."
"Because the medium used in the artwork is considered a child's toy, patrons may assume the pieces are easy to create. The hands-on S.T.E.A.M. gallery at the end of the exhibition will quickly correct this notion," vice president of education at HMNS Nicole Temple said in the release.
"Nathan's skill and artistry combined with physics, spatial reasoning, and engineering make the magic in the exhibition possible."
The Art of the Brick is on display now through Mar. 29, 2020.
For tickets, $30 per adult and $21 per child, visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science's website.
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