Brick City, a two-year LEGO exhibition, makes its debut at the National Building Museum
By Josh Niland|
Friday, May 26, 2023
This weekend marks the opening of the National Building Museum’s special two-year Brick City exhibition, staged with the help of UK-based artist Warren Elsmore.
The show includes a total of 37 reconstructions of iconic pieces of global architecture made using LEGO bricks, including a 12-foot-long centerpiece replica of London’s St. Pancras Station made using over 180,000 individual pieces.
The museum’s President, Aileen Fuchs, shared, “The National Building Museum’s mission is to inspire curiosity about the world we design and build. BRICK CITY showcases Warren Elsmore’s innovation and creativity through the 37 varied and complex models included in this exhibition. We hope our visitors are inspired by the technically complicated St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, the 12-foot-long St. Pancras station model, or how Elsmore incorporated the curve of the Olympic stadium with square bricks."
Children and adults alike can express their creativity with an interactive activity area included alongside a pixelated “graffiti wall” that will act as a backdrop for their creations.
President Fuchs added that "Our goal is for visitors to leave this exhibition inspired and with a renewed sense of wonder about the possibilities of what you can create with beloved LEGO bricks!”
“As the largest producer of clay brick in the United States, General Shale is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of Brick City,” Luke Guinn, the Director of Marketing for North America said finally. “Brick has a rich history, which spans the ages of time. This exhibition is a wonderful demonstration of the global connection we share through architecture, and aligns with our mission to express the sustainable design flexibility in our products.”
The exhibition will officially open to the public on Saturday, May 27th, and will be followed closely by the debut of Suchi Reddy's Block Party design on July 1st. Fuchs told DCist.com the latter is "certain to spark conversation and questions about how form can follow feeling.”
More information about the National Building Museum can be found here.
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