Norton celebrates art of architecture with exhibition of landmark buildings made of LEGO bricks

By: Scott Benarde
Source: Norton Museum of Art
Date: June 11, 2013



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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (June 5, 2013)The Norton Museum of Art’s summer season is highlighted by Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture, an exhibition of landmark buildings made from LEGO® bricks. The exhibition opens at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013 and is on view through Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. The Norton is offering free admission to Florida residents every Thursday throughout June, July, and August.

Block by Block is accompanied by the exhibition, Architecture in Detail – Works from the Museum Collection, which features architecture-inspired paintings, works on paper, and photography by legendary artists such as Stuart Davis, Andreas Feininger, John Marin, Addison Mizner, and Vic Muniz. This is a wonderful opportunity to view some of these works as they are rarely on display because of their sensitivity to light. Architecture in Detail is curated by Ellen E. Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art, and Tim B. Wride, William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography.

For Block by Block, the Norton commissioned Dan Parker, a Seattle-based LEGO Certified Professional to construct these landmarks, which range from four to nine feet tall, and include One World Trade Center in New York, the Seattle Space Needle, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and Taipei 101 in Taiwan, among others. Parker is one of only 13 people outside the company authorized as a professional builder of all things LEGO. Parker will join Edwars for a Curator’s Conversation at 6:30 p.m. on June 20, and will return on Aug. 8 for a Family BLOCK Party to lead a group build.  The exhibition is curated by Norton Curatorial Assistant Maggie Edwards.

Block by Block includes a play area where visitors can create their own architectural marvels. And the Museum has planned plenty of programming that encourages kids to be creative, enjoy building with LEGOs, and celebrate the art of architecture. 

Related (free) programs include, DIY for Kids 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday nights. The schedule is as follows: 

June 20, 2013 / Be a LEGO® Architect 

Begin in the classroom and learn about four building types: residential, commercial, institutional or industrial.  Choose your favorite type and draw a design of your own. Take your plan to the LEGO® building activity area where you’ll construct your design in 3-D on a special city map. 

July 11, 2013 / Higher and Higher 

Visit special exhibition Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture to learn about the characteristics of some unique skyscrapers from around the world.  Then, let your imagination soar and build your own model skyscraper using paper straws, corrugated panels, and tape.

July 25, 2013 / I Love NY 

View the intriguing city images in New York Mural by Stuart Davis.  Then, join your peers in the classroom where you’ll form your own unique city skyline from foam shapes. Connect your creation to other renditions and watch the skyline take form!   

Aug. 1, 2013/ A Perfect View

Visit special exhibition Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture to discover architectural elements that make a building functional and unique. Then, head to the classroom to create a special window to “frame” your personal, magical view on the world in oil pastels.  

Aug. 8, 2013 / Family Block Party 

Dan Parker, LEGO® Certified Professional (LCP), who created the landmark buildings for the Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture exhibition, will discuss LEGO bricks as an art medium and lead a group build during the party. 



About the Norton Museum

The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and  is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for Members and children ages 12 and under.  Special group rates are available. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency. 


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