In the summer of 2022, a small Houston-area art museum showed an exhibit of custom models built from LEGO® bricks. Several members of Houston Brick Club, in addition to other brick artists, had builds on display.
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts contacted Houston Brick Club at Brick Rodeo 2021. From there, a partnership was created where the Club helped find artists to contribute built models to the exhibit. Artists included 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 included: mosaics, architectural models, pop culture characters, realistic reproductions of cars, and much more. Houston Brick Club’s model of downtown Houston was 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.
A few photos are below, more photos can be found here.
The museum also provided a play area for public visitors. This area had a “graffiti wall” – baseplates mounted to a wall where anyone could put bricks up, mosaic-style. It also had several bins of loose LEGO® and Duplo® bricks for free building. This area continued to be popular during exhibit hours.
The museum recorded over 16,000 visitors during the three months this exhibit was open. That was roughly double the amount of visitors to the museum for any exhibit in its 14-year history. Houston Brick Club was thrilled to be part of this exhibit that combines the both the “fine art” and “play” characteristics of the LEGO® brick.
The exhibit ran from June 4 – September 3, 2022, at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art in Spring, Texas. More information about the museum can be found at pearlmfa.org.