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The Art of the Brick

The World's Largest Display of LEGO® Art Made Out of Millions of LEGO Bricks

The Thinker. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
The Thinker. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Moai. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Moai. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Sphinx. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Sphinx. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
David. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
David. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Venus de Milo, Augustus and David. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Venus de Milo, Augustus and David. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Yellow. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Yellow. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Green Skull. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Green Skull. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Wall. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Wall. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Disintegration. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Disintegration. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Dinosaur. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.T-REX
Dinosaur. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Starry Night. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Starry Night. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
The Great Wave off Kanazawa. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
The Great Wave off Kanazawa. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
 Art History Gallery in The Art of The Brick. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Art History Gallery in The Art of The Brick. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Benin Mask. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.
Benin Mask. Photo courtesy of THE ART OF THE BRICK.

The Art of the Brick MUST END January 29, 2017!

 

About the Exhibition

Named one of CNN's Top Ten "Global Must-See Exhibitions," The Art of the Brick is a critically acclaimed collection of inspiring artworks made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: the LEGO® brick. Contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya transforms a child's toy into sophisticated art and beyond, in the world's largest display of LEGO art ever.

  • See more than 100 sculptures made from more than one million LEGO bricks!
  • Come face-to-face with a 20-foot-long T. rex dinosaur skeleton made out of LEGO bricks.
  • Examine a re-imagined version of Van Gogh's Starry Night.
  • Create your own LEGO art at the Fit-A-Brick Building Zone.

 

The Art of the Brick is locally sponsored in part by The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation

Get up-close and in-person with the fan favorite, Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity. At The Art of the Brick, you'll enjoy re-imagined versions of the world's most famous art masterpieces, like Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, as well as a gallery showcasing an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick-infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West.  

The Art of the Brick has made its Southern California premiere at the Fleet Science Center. It is open daily at 10 a.m. through January 29, 2017. Don't miss it!

Tickets are on sale now. This exhibition is a limited-engagement special event. Passes, coupons and membership cards may be applied to regular Fleet admission, but they are not valid for this exhibition.


San Diego Reviews

"In the skilled hands of artist Nathan Sawaya, Legos are not just for entertaining your kids or killing your vacuum cleaner. Whether he is interpreting Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”  or exploring his own dark places, Sawaya uses Legos the way other artists use paint. ... Welcome to “The Art of the Brick,” where plastic is magic and it is always hip to be square." The San Diego Union-Tribune

"From replicas of famous paintings to T-rex skeletons, prepare your entire family to be awestruck." —Red Tricycle

"Kids and adults alike will be captivated at every turn of The Art of the Brick." —Inhabitots


National Headlines

“Amazing Lifelike LEGO Masterpieces” —Good Morning America

“Anything But Child’s Play” —Wall Street Journal

“Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO Creations Are Awesome” —The Huffington Post

“Nathan Sawaya uses 1.5 million Legos to build wonders!” —NY Daily News

“... it is difficult to walk through this exhibition and pass a version of Rodin’s “Thinker” (4,332 pieces) or see Mr. Sawaya’s own life-size piece “Blue Guy Sitting” (21,054 pieces), and not smile in amazement at the ambition and or admire the skill.” —The New York Times

“Art of the Brick is pretty much blowing our minds …” —Condé Nast Traveler

“A breathtaking exhibition … thought-provoking, visceral, playful and inspired …” —Time Out New York Kids

"The exhibition reminds us that Lego constructions are amazing not primarily because of what they are but how they came to be what they are." —The New York Times


The Basics

Prices

Tickets to The Art of the Brick include a visit to all of the Fleet's interactive exhibit galleries and an IMAX film. Tickets are available to purchase at the Fleet Science Center box office and online at fleetscience.org. Pricing is: Adults: $29.95, Juniors: $24.95, Seniors: $27.95; Fleet Science Center Members: $10.

Exhibition Entry

Entrance into The Art of the Brick will be based on a timed ticket beginning at 10 a.m. daily. Visitors will be queued in our galleries and let inside in groups to begin their experience with an introductory video. Final entry into the exhibition will be one hour before the Fleet Science Center closes for the day.


FAQs

How long does it take to experience The Art of the Brick?

Although entry is based on the time of your ticket, you may proceed at your own pace once inside. An average visit lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Why are tickets dated and timed?

Admission for this exhibition is limited to 300 people per hour. Having timed tickets will allow you to plan your visit around the IMAX schedule and other exhibits.

What are the busiest times in the exhibition?

As one might expect, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays are the Fleet Science Center’s busiest days. As this exhibition is running during the school year, you also may encounter field trip groups Tuesday–Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Can I buy tickets at your ticket counter on the day I want to visit?

Tickets can be purchased at our ticket counter on the day of your visit or for an advance date, depending on availability. To ensure you can get tickets on your desired date, you may also purchase your tickets online in advance at fleetscience.org. See the top of this page for ticket purchase buttons.

Can I enter multiple times throughout the day?

With your ticket, you can enter The Art of the Brick only once; no re-entry is allowed upon exiting the exhibition. However, you may exit the Fleet Science Center and re-enter the day of your visit to see our other exhibits by showing your hand stamp for re-entry.

Can I play with the LEGO bricks?

You can enjoy building your own creations in our Fit-A-Brick Building Zone, located downstairs at the Fleet. 

Can I take pictures or video in the exhibition?

Photography is allowed inside the exhibition, but we ask that you please be aware of guests around you and not impact their experience. Tripods are not allowed. Photography and videography inside the exhibition is strictly for non-commercial use only. Media should contact the Fleet's Public Relations and Promotions Manager in advance of their visit.

Can I bring my pet?

We love all kinds of animals here at Fleet Science Center, but only service animals are allowed.

What is not allowed into the exhibition?

The following items are NOT permitted in the exhibition: Food or beverages, gum, helium balloons, backpacks and oversized strollers. Stroller parking is available inside the science center or, on particularly busy days, outside the science center.

What is your exchange/refund policy regarding The Art of the Brick?

Tickets are valid for the date printed on the ticket only. Tickets are good for one entry only. You can obtain a refund or exchange your ticket for another date, based on availability, if you do so 24 hours or more in advance.

Is there a Gift Shop for this exhibition?

Yes, the official Exhibition Gift Shop is located at the exit of the exhibition. The Exhibition Gift Shop is the only place to obtain official exhibition merchandise.

Is the exhibition fully accessible for disabled visitors?

Yes, The Art of the Brick is fully accessible for disabled visitors.


Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at Fleet Science Center. If you have additional questions, please call us at (619) 238-1233.

This exhibition is also available en Español