The Art of the Brick- LEGO Exhibit!

The Franklin Institute

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About the Lego exhibit

The gallery consists of eight different sections, each containing Sawaya’s unique and well-crafted pieces. The Art of the Brick includes an assortment of Sawaya’s original concepts addressing various themes of life and human emotion, as well as some more familiar concepts such as a 20-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex made from over 80,000 LEGO bricks! Also on display are interpretations of historic works such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Edvard Munch’s The Scream, and Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker–all painstakingly pieced together to look exactly like the originals, and all made entirely of LEGO bricks!
The Art of The Brick at The Franklin Institute

Have fun with PA Virtual at the Franklin Institute

Friday, April 10th, 9:45am

222 North 20th Street

Philadelphia, PA

Pricing: $15.50 per student and $21.50 per adult includes museum and Lego exhibit. All money orders due by 3/19/15.


10:30am- Sign in
11:00am-Lego exhibit

12:00pm- Museum fun

12:45pm-1:10-Lunch (Please bring a bagged lunch)
2:00pm- Departures

Please RSVP to Louri Fitzgerald at or Danielle Gregory at

Please send money orders to your FSC by 3/19:

Louri Fitzgerald-41 E. Lacrosse Ave, Lansdowne, PA 19050

Danielle Gregory- 117 Star Drive Eastampton, NJ 08060

  • Please RSVP from your parent school email account
  • Please include student's name, teacher, grade
  • Please include Parent/chaperon attending
  • Please let us know if you are a new family so we may welcome you
  • Please include names of all family/friends attending-please let us know if they are children or adults
  • Any serious allergies or medical conditions that I should be reminded about?



Learning Objectives:

  • During your visit, students will see a collection of amazing sculptures made by one artist, make comparisons between the pieces and note the complexity of each.
  • After your visit, students will think about how LEGO bricks can be an artistic medium. Students will also appreciate the design process involved in creating sculptures from bricks.

Interesting Facts!

  • The name “LEGO” is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt,” which means “play well.”
  • Founded in 1932, the LEGO Group is owned by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a grandchild of the family business’ father.
  • In 1999, Fortune magazine named the LEGO brick one of the “Products of the Century.”
  • All of the LEGO bricks used in the exhibit are standard bricks which you can buy in toy stores. There’s nothing special about the bricks—just the artist’s imagination.
  • The number of bricks in a sculpture varies by size, but a life-size human form typically has 15,000-25,000 bricks.
  • Likewise, the amount of time it takes to build a sculpture varies with size, but a life-size human form typically takes about two to three weeks.

Outing Reminders!

In consideration of our students with serious allergies, please refrain from bringing nut (food) products or balloons.

2. As always, to limit the spread of possible flu, please do not attend a PA Virtual event if you have had a fever within 24 hours of the event.

3. For safety: All students need to be accompanied by a parent, learning coach or other designated adult. All students must wear shoes/sneakers for the entire school event and please refrain from bringing pets.

4. If there is a possibility of severe weather, please check Blackboard the day of the event in case of cancellation due to weather.

5. All PA Virtual events are tobacco free. Please do not smoke near or around any children or the outing facility.