This summer, the Longmont Museum will host Build! The Amazing World of LEGO, an exhibition featuring the work of more than twenty LEGO artists from across the United States, several of which have never been on public view. The exhibit will run from June 8 to September 8, and exhibition admission will be $5 for adults, $3 students/seniors (62+), and free for ages 5 and under. In addition to the artwork, a large section of the museum’s gallery will be an interactive “Build Zone.”
The LEGO brick was invented in 1958 in Denmark, and gets its name from the Danish words “leg godt,” meaning “play well.” Since their
introduction, LEGO bricks have spread all across the world. More than 100 million children play with LEGOs annually.
Artists in this show rely on unaltered LEGO bricks to create remarkable, large scale works. A full-sized bright green bicycle by Queens, NY artist Sean Kenney takes on the challenge of using rectangular blocks to create curved forms. The largest work on exhibit is a six-foot by ten-foot LEGO mosaic of a classic Superman comic book cover, created by Mark Mancuso. A two and a half foot long replica of the Dickens Opera House by Derek Josh Medina highlights a local landmark. Longmont artist, Imagine is Rigney, at eighteen years old and the youngest participant in the show, used very unusual LEGO bricks to create Cthulhu, a tentacled science-fiction monster. Rigney’s skills also are on display in a five-foot-long scale model of the Longmont Museum, including its proposed new auditorium, made entirely from LEGOs.
Exhibition curator Jared Thompson spent months searching out LEGO artists for this exhibition. His research online led to the addition of an unusual program, a LEGO Animation Festival using videos from YouTube, to be held on Thursday, June 27. “It’s amazing how much work they put into these videos. They have professional lighting and sound, and took hundreds of hours to complete,” said Thompson.
The exhibit’s “Build Zone” will feature six sections for active play. Visitors can build and race a LEGO car down ramps; create LEGO furniture and accessories for two custom-made dollhouses; create a series of LEGO bridges; make buildings for a LEGO town; or create free-form structures inspired by the work on exhibit. There will also be an area with DUPLO bricks, which are the larger LEGO bricks designed for younger children.
For more information about opening day and night events, workshops, animation festival, curator conversations, family programs, train festival, and more, contact the Museum at (303) 651-8374, or visit www.longmontmuseum.org.