Pensacola: The Art of the Brick

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“Everything is awesome. Everything is cool when you’re part of the team.” Just when I’d gotten those words from the Lego Movie jingle out of my head, another toy brick-based creative work comes along.

The Art of the Brick, showcasing Lego sculptures by Nathan Sawaya, is on exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art in Downtown Pensacola.

Lego fans young and old can appreciate Sawaya’s impressive creations. He has built multiple human forms, a dog, a pencil, just to name a few – all from the beloved toy bricks. Many of the sculptures are monochromatic. Many depict emotions and various life experiences of the artist.

My daughters, my niece and I visited the museum recently to see the Art of the Brick. Two of the girls went almost immediately to the end of the exhibit, where tables are set up with assorted Lego bricks so that you can build your own works of art. The other took more time looking at each sculpture with me.  (Like almost any event or attraction, if you attend with children, be prepared for kids’ varying attention spans.)

While the girls played with the Legos at the end of the exhibit, I watched a video about the artist that is shown in the same room.

The entire exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art is contained within two galleries. You can easily see Sawaya’s work and give the kids a chance to play with the Legos in just an hour or so.

Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children. The exhibit runs through August 8 at the Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 South Jefferson St.

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