One of my favorite things about Philadelphia is the history that comes along with the city. Sure, there are lots of really great cities with historic events that are special to only their city, but there are very few cities that have the incredible (and national) history that Philadelphia has. Thanks, Big Ben!
Of all of the historic based sights that Philly has to offer, The Franklin Institute is one of my favorites. The Franklin Institute is a science museum dedicated to America’s first scientist (and Philadelphia alum) Benjamin Franklin. Over the years I have seen some really amazing exhibits at the museum. From art, to science, to movies; The Franklin Institute is full of creative and innovative exhibits that make history fun and exciting.
I have been wanting to bring The Franklin Institute to City Guide for some time now and when ‘A’ and I went to see the The Art of The Brick, I knew it would be the perfect way to feature the museum.
The Art of The Brick is an exhibit of over 100 creations from artist Nathan Sawaya. Each creation is made entirely of LEGO bricks and Nathan used over a million bricks to complete all of the creations. It was incredible to see your favorite childhood toys turned into astonishing pieces of art. Each piece was life size and life-like. Seeing creations like the red dress (below) that floated from the ceiling amazed me.
Along with photography inspiration and original designs, a highlight of the exhibit was a group of replica pieces of historic arts such as Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker and Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Now, for my favorite pieces from the collection!
Because I am from Philadelphia and I hold the city very close to me heart, I was swept off my feet by the Liberty Bell. The colors and the detail on the bell were perfection. I was especially fond of the crack being made of colorful LEGO bricks. It added so much character to the piece and for me, was a great representation of Philly!
The star of the show was hands down the man with the open chest. This piece is so incredible that is has made it’s way to every poster and advertisement for the collection. The detail on this piece was flawless and I could’t stop taking photos from every angle around the table. I was interested to learn that the piece was originally created to represent death, but the artist had a change of heart after showing the piece. It is now a symbol of opening up oneself to he world without any reservations.
Interested in seeing the exhibit for yourself? The Art of The Brick is running until September 6th. You can purchase tickets here.Pin It