And we’re back for the 2013 round of Blog Every Day in April! So even if we do start on April Fools’, this is no fool’s project.
For starters, I thought I should reboot Museum Escapades again. It’s been a while since I’ve immersed myself into an exhibition, so I thought it’ll be good if my recent visit to “The Art of the Brick” at the ArtScience Museum kick off BEDA for this year.
Ever since they started advertising for the exhibition late last year, Max wanted to go. Then we heard it was not really worth the price. In the end, I went with Max and his mom during the Good Friday holiday.
“The Art of the Brick” features the various sculptures by New York-based artist, Nathan Sawaya. As you can guess from the exhibition title, the sculptures were all constructed using a single medium – Lego bricks.
The exhibition took up the entire Level 3 of the ArtScience Museum, the various sections charting the different aspects of his artistic journey. What was particularly interesting was a pedestal in each section that was constructed piece by piece, until a final sculpture was revealed at the end of the exhibition (I won’t tell you what it is, go check it out and see if you can spot it!).
Starting with his known pieces, the route journeyed through his beginnings, progressing to his experimentations, and philosophical views.
What I did like about the exhibition were the many quotes that summarised his perspective of that particular gallery. It was inspiring, to say the least, to see someone merge his experiences with humanity with a creative medium – something artists (regardless of medium) alike struggle to balance today.
The tactile stations (usually for the kids) at the end of the exhibition were also a great way to get in touch with your inner child. With technology so advanced and user-friendly, regardless of age, it is easy to lose touch with our creative side. I remembered Lego being a fundamental part of my childhood. It was not merely a toy, but an step to creating something else. Up to now, I still feel it to be one of the most innovative creative mediums around.
Lego, the company, was so named after the Danish phrase, “Leg Godt”, which meant to “play well”. The fact that it managed to thrive for such a long time, expanding and inspiring people through the demographics, definitely shows an innovation well-played.
For more information on “The Art of the Brick”, click here. They’ve extended their exhibition dates to 26 May, so you have another two more months to catch it!