Tuesday, January 28, 2014

LEGO is Everywhere

With The LEGO Movie out in theaters next month, it is no surprise to see more and more LEGO-themed merchandise in local stores, but not everything is tied to the movie. LEGO is bigger than ever.

The Space Needle.
Photos courtesy of Norton Museum of Art and the EMP staff.
Back in 1949, there were no “sets” – LEGO’s just came in boxes of bricks in the shapes of squares and rectangles of white, read, green, blue, yellow, black and grey. Now the pieces come in all shapes and sizes and in 52 different colors! There are LEGOS for toddlers (Duplo), LEGOS for big kids and some sets are created for really, big kids. LEGO Friends are designed especially for girls that are heavy in the pastel range. (However, truth be told, many boys think that the “girl” LEGOs have some cool pieces that they wouldn’t mind having for themselves.) Whatever the next big family-friendly adventure film comes to the cinema, there is bound to be batch of new LEGO sets as well.

The Chrysler Building
Photos courtesy of Norton Museum of Art and the EMP staff.
LEGOs are ingenious and practically indestructible. (Ask any parent who has walked in the toy room in their bare feet.) Many of today’s children are playing with sets that originally belonged to their parents, so they have a long shelf life. LEGO is loved by just about everyone. For that reason, you’ll want to make plans to see Seattle’s EMP’s latest exhibit, Blockby Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture which features some of the most famous skyscrapers and landmarks on earth including the Space Needle, the Chrysler Building, Hearst Tower and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

Dan Parker and his creations.
Photos courtesy of Norton Museum of Art and the EMP staff.
At Block by Block, you will be able to view epic creations that represent more than a hundred years of architectural innovation and nearly 200,000 LEGO® bricks! After the viewing, you’ll be inspired to create your own masterpiece, which not only will you be able to, but you’ll be given permission to place it in the EMP’s Mini Megalopolis.

Each creation was built by former LEGO® certified professional Dan Parker (yes, he’s a professional) and TrainBuilder Productions, LLC. Parker received his first LEGO® set at the tender age of four. Just before the age of 30 he turned to them again, making a career out of a lifelong hobby. “I didn’t get into music or sports,” says Parker, “I got into engineering and design.”

The EMP is open daily from 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. and is located at 325 5th Avenue N. in Seattle, 98109. Tickets range from $14-$20 (save a few bucks by purchasing online) and children 4 and under get in for free. In addition to the LEGOs, the museum is packed with other exciting exhibits as well. Visit their website for complete information.

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