The lego blocks gave a strangely pixellated effect to the artworks, evoking both the original subject as well as other art-historical movements such as impressionism, pointillism and whatever you call Chuck Close’s technique.
By the time we got to the actual impressionists, we had moved beyond 2D into 3D. Which is interesting because part of what made Van Gogh’s works so exciting was the feeling of movement that came from the 3D effect of all those heavy brush strokes on the canvas. Oddly, though, this rendering in legos was less effective for me, as it started to feel like cross-stitch.
Progressing onward, we started blowing out the famous paintings into fully formed vignettes. Whistler’s Mother is a little terrifying in this format.
And if you had any doubts about the ability of Lego to take on actual 3D sculpture, you shouldn’t: The “marbles” were super impressive.
Once our tour of art history was complete, we moved into the artist’s own contemporary world. He was clearly fascinated with the human form, and with the ability that legos have to build and unbuild the world.
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We even got to take our picture with this “Green Guy” on our way out.
By the time we were done with the Lego exhibit, we had just enough time to walk down to the Olympic Sculpture Park for a quick walk along the water before heading to the train station.
It was a fun visit, and I hope we’ll be able to do it again soon!