The Thinker is one of several works of art that will be recreated in Legos at a new exhibit at Union Station.
Beginning in January, visitors to Union Station will be able to explore their favorite works of art recreated using an unusual medium: the LEGO® brick. “The Art of the Brick,” opening Jan. 25, 2018, will feature works like Van Gogh's Starry Night and Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, as well as original works of art, all created from the popular toy.
The exhibit includes a 20-foot-long T-Rex Lego skeleton, a giant Lego skull, and Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open to reveal a cascade of bricks. Lego-brick infused photography produced in tandem with photographer Dean West will also be on display. The exhibit is designed to transform a popular toy into something meaningful, elevating it into the status of contemporary art.
“‘The Art of the Brick’ takes Lego somewhere you wouldn’t expect and shows you things you have never seen before,” said artist Nathan Sawaya, the artist responsible for designing the exhibit. “The goal with this collection of art is to demonstrate the potential of imagination and the power of creativity.”
Sawaya is scheduled to unveil a creation specifically for Kansas City at the exhibition’s opening. The public may submit ideas for the piece and follow its progress on the Union Station Facebook page. For more information about The Art of the Brick and to purchase tickets, visit unionstation.org/artofthebrick. The Art of the Brick will be on display Jan. 25-May 28.
Union Station also recently announced a new installation for the holidays. Between Nov. 18-Dec. 31, visitors can experience the museum’s new Astro Botanicals, eight inflatable sculptures that range from 8 to 15 feet tall. Located in the Haverty Family Yards, the garden is designed to resemble ice sculptures during the day, but at night is illuminated in holiday colors.
Astro Botanicals will make its debut during the free Holidays Come Alive celebration Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. After Nov. 18, admission will be included with Science City admission, and free for museum members. Visit www.unionstation.org/events/astro-botanicals to learn more.