This summer, a small Houston-area art museum is showing an exhibit of custom models built from LEGO® bricks. Several members of Houston Brick Club, in addition to other brick artists, have builds on display.
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts contacted Houston Brick Club at last year’s Brick Rodeo. From there, a partnership was created where the Club helped find artists to contribute built models to the exhibit. Artists include members of Houston Brick Club, TexLUG, and Texas Brick Railroad; plus two contestants from the LEGO® Masters TV show (Moto and Dawn); and brick artist Jonathan Lopes.
Artwork on display includes: mosaics, architectural models, pop culture characters, realistic reproductions of cars, and much more. Houston Brick Club’s model of downtown Houston is on display in a fully completed state for the first time.
Moto, a contestant from season 2 of LEGO® Masters, came from out of town in person to set up his highly technical spaceship model. He spent all of opening day at the museum talking with visitors and answering questions about his experience on the show.
The museum also provided a play area for public visitors. This area has a “graffiti wall” – baseplates mounted to a wall where anyone can put bricks up, mosaic-style. It also has several bins of loose LEGO® and Duplo® bricks for free building. This area has continued to be popular during exhibit hours.
The opening day of this exhibit attracted the largest crowd the museum had ever seen at an opening day. Attendance has continued to be well above normal since then. Houston Brick Club is thrilled to be part of this exhibit that combines the both the “fine art” and “play” characteristics of the LEGO® brick.
The exhibit runs June 4 – September 3, 2022, at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art in Spring, Texas. More information can be found at pearlmfa.org.