LEGO® and the Columbus Museum of Art are two things not normally associated with each other. Think Outside the Brick is the latest example of how CMA is one of Central Ohio’s premium family friendly destinations but you need to act fast, the exhibit ends Jan. 27.
After touring this show one is likely to come away with an entirely different appreciation for the versatile plastic brick, and have you studying your child’s LEGO® creations a little more closely.
The show includes works from New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya whose has been recognized by both the art world and LEGO® enthusiasts. For the show at CMA, Sawaya has joined talents with photographer Dean West and the results are captivating. The viewer is challenged to determine what’s real and what is made out of LEGO®.
The AFOL portion of the show is equally fascinating. AFOLs are knows within the LEGO® community as Adult Fans of LEGO® and works from these artists include original LEGO® sculptures, paintings and multimedia dioramas.
The show also features two very large displays focused on the city of Columbus. The first is a LEGO® replication of many recognizable Columbus landmarks. In addition to appreciating the sheer scale of the finished product, families can have fun discovering the out-of-place characters included throughout the sprawling display. See if you can find Batman, Indiana Jones, a witch, and an octopus.
Lastly, Ohio State fans will glow with pride when they gaze upon Paul Janssen’s LEGO® recreation of Ohio Stadium. Janssen, a Biology Professor at The Ohio State University, will be participating in the museum’s Big Picture lecture this Saturday, January 13.
Jan. 13 is also the last day Lod Mosaic will be on display at the museum. The next stop for this nearly three hundred square foot discovery is the Louvre in Paris. Uncovered in Lod, Israel in 1996, this ancient Roman mosaic floor dates back to about 300 AD.
While LEGO® and an ancient Roman mosaic may seem like an odd partnership for the Columbus Museum of Art there are some similarities between the two methods. Each is based on coordinating and arranging small individual ‘bricks’ specifically selected based on their size, shape and color to create the final work.
Admission and parking are free at the Columbus Museum of Art on Sundays. Click here for an idea about a not so ordinary downtown restaurant to try after visiting the museum.