Monday, July 5, 2010

Lego Sculpture

Am looking forward to seeing this at the National Building Museum:

"WASHINGTON, D.C.— Using the LEGO® brick as his medium, architectural artist Adam Reed Tucker has given some of the world’s most iconic landmarks an unexpected makeover. His towering interpretations, which soar up to 18 feet high, will be the centerpiece of a new exhibition opening at the National Building Museum this July. LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition will feature 15 of Tucker’s large-scale artistic models, which at times incorporate up to 450,000 LEGO bricks. The exhibition will provide a new, detailed look at the intricate design, engineering complexity, and sculptural form of famous city buildings such as the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, and the St. Louis Gateway Arch. Opening July 3, 2010, the exhibition will remain on view through September 5, 2011."

“As an artist’s medium,” says Tucker, “the brick is not initially thought of as a material typically used in creating art. But as an architectural artist, it lends itself perfectly to my applications just as paint to a painter or metal to a blacksmith. I first and foremost do not view my models as literal replicas but rather artistic interpretations that capture the essence of their sculptural form.”

(from the museum's press release)

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