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May 22, 2017

ART OF THE BRICK Lego Art Exhibit Coming to Tampa in June

By Laura Byrne

The Vinik Family Foundation brought The Beach to the Amalie Arena last summer and this year, they are bringing the world’s largest display of art made exclusively from LEGO bricks–THE ART OF THE BRICK–to downtown Tampa.

The display opens on June 23rd at 802 East Whiting Street. Just like The Beach, it will be FREE and open to the public.

The exhibit, which has been on display in more than 80 cities worldwide, was created by award-wining artist Nathan Sawaya, a former corporate lawyer who walked away from the legal field to get down on the floor and create art out of the world’s most recognizable toy. We are so glad he did!

He created the more than 100 pieces of LEGO art for this unique exhibit that CNN dubbed as a must-see. There are several original pieces and many more that were inspired some of the world’s most recognizable masterpieces. This is a great way to tie in an art history lesson to a day of family fun, so bring a notebook so your child can take notes!

THE ART OF THE BRICK takes LEGO bricks somewhere you wouldn’t expect and shows you things you have never seen before,” said artist Sawaya. “A goal with this collection of art is to demonstrate the potential of imagination and the power of creativity.”

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You and your family will get to experience masterpieces like Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. You’ll also come face to face with famous sculptures created from Lego bricks including David and Winged Victory and encounter a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur!

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“Nathan’s inspiring story and unique perspective of art is what makes this exhibit a “can’t miss” for all ages this summer,” said Jeff and Penny Vinik. “Our hope is that everyone in our community will be able to experience this incredible exhibition up-close. Art is both impactful and inspirational, and we hope to continue share world class cultural events like THE ART OF THE BRICK with Tampa Bay.”

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When you have completed your tour through the exhibit, you can put your own LEGO building talents to work in The Brickyard!

You’ll definitely want to add THE ART OF THE BRICK to your family’s Summer Bucket List!

The collection will be on display June 23 at 802 East Whiting Street through September 4, Wednesdays-Sundays from 10am-6pm. Learn more: artofthebricktampa.com

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