Several weeks ago the girls and I headed to downtown Tampa for the Art of the Brick show. This free event, brought to Tampa by Jeff Vinik, owner of the Lightning, runs in Tampa until September 4th on Wednesday – Sunday from 10AM to 6PM.
Housed in a warehouse near Channelside, The Art of the Brick was a perfect way to spend a few hours surrounded by what I can only call amazing creativity and imagination.
The artist, Nathan Sawaya, was a lawyer; now he builds intricate designs with LEGOs and promotes arts in the schools.
Some of his amazing creations include a replication of Mona Lisa, a swimmer, and a dinosaur that filled up a room!
The girls and I arrived a little after ten. The warehouse has a variety of lots surrounding the area in which to park; I downloaded an app and paid just two dollars for parking. The event itself is free, and tickets are not available for purchase. Rather, we walked to the building and stood in line for about ten minutes, as they allow in a certain number of visitors at a time.
Once inside we watched a video about Sawaya and his creations, and then we were free to roam the rooms on our own.
Not only was I amazed by the LEGO creations, and the amount of work and creativity involved by the artist, but the girls were as well. We spent about forty five minutes visiting and snapping shots of the artwork. At the end of the tour is an area in which kids can sit down and build with LEGOs; my girls chose not to, as it was close to lunch time and they were getting hungry, but the room was filled with people of all ages using their creativity.
After, we took a walk down to Channelside and had a great lunch at Hablo Taco.
I highly recommend this exhibit as a fun, free, hour or two daytime event. You can view more about the show here.
Some of my shots:
Have you been to Art of the Brick? What are your thoughts?