If, like me, the LEGO® Movie was a non-negotiable part of your half-term holiday, you might be wondering how to fill the LEGO® void as the Easter holidays swiftly approach. Fear not, for if you’re considering a family short break to the continent and have youngsters (and significant ‘young-at-heart’ others) particularly enamoured with those colourful little moulded blocks of plastic, Brussels is the place to be if you want to see fantastically fabulous LEGO® creations on an altogether more awesome scale.
Currently on display at the city’s Bourse is ‘The Art of the Brick’, an exhibition devoted to the world of LEGO® featuring more than 70 plastic works of art comprising over one million of these iconic little bricks. Described by CNN as “one of the top 10 must-see global exhibitions”, ‘The Art of the Brick’ is the brainchild of Nathan Sawaya who, having played with LEGO® from an early age, pursued into adulthood the creation of ever more original designs, wanting to create artworks using a medium familiar to the masses.
Covering a surface area of 1,300 square metres, these exceptional constructions pay homage to some of the world’s most famous artworks such as Rodin’s The Thinker, the Venus de Milo and Edvard Munch’s iconic The Scream. And amongst the many other amazing creations, there’s also a Buddha, a female swimmer, a six-metre-long T-Rex skeleton made out of over 80,000 bricks, the rose window of Chartres Cathedral and, especially for the Brussels show, a Mannekin Pis, a nod to one of the city’s most famous attractions.
Having already toured North America, Asia and Australia, The Art of the Brick made its European debut late 2013 and remains in Brussels until the 21st of April, before moving on to Amsterdam and the Expo Centre, opening on May 28th. For those considering a long-haul jaunt, there’s also a sister show on in New York, at the Discovery Times Square Museum, until May 11th. Back in Brussels however, ticket prices cost 13.50€ for adults and 8.50€ for children, (15.50€/9.50€ Fridays, Saturdays and bank holidays) and the exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm daily (7.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays).