"The Art of the Brick" opens Friday, Feb. 28 and will feature more than 100 works of art, crafted from more than 1 million LEGO pieces. You'd expect to see a tyrannosaurus rex at a science exhibit, except this one is made from 80,000 LEGO bricks.
Nathan Sawaya, the mind behind the exhibit, worked as a corporate lawyer in New York City and decided he needed a new creative outlet.
"So I started experimenting with LEGO, eventually decided you know what, I'm going to make a career out of this and I left the law firm behind to make a full-time job playing with toys," Sawaya said.
#ArtoftheBrick FUN FACT: At age 10, Nathan Sawaya built himself a life-sized dog out of LEGO® bricks when his parents refused to get him a real one. The Art of the Brick opens in LA on Feb 28 at @casciencecenter . #LALovesLEGO #ExcitementIsBuilding pic.twitter.com/g5mLgdsn9Y— CA Science Center (@casciencecenter) February 21, 2020
"Yellow," a LEGO sculpture of the top half of man's body with yellow bricks spilling out from the abdomen, is his best-known sculpture due to the sense of movement and fluidity conveyed with the seemingly static bricks.
"That's kind of the magic of using LEGO bricks... I create things that are made out of just rectangles, just right angles, sharp corners, but then you back away from these sculptures and you see all those corners blend into curves," he said.
This exhibit has traveled around the world, inspiring imagination and wonder.
"The mission of the California Science Center is to inspire curiosity and science learning. We often like to do this by showing people science in their everyday life, including the toys they play with," said Diane Perlov, Senior Vice President of Exhibits.
The exhibit, which will remain open through Labor Day, also features an interactive portion, 'The Science of the Brick," which includes nine activity stations. Visit the California Science Center's website for more information on the exhibit.