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New LEGO-inspired exhibit opens at Heard Museum

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Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2014 9:46 am

LEGO bricks are the inspiration for a family friendly, interactive exhibit opening Saturday, May 24, at Heard Museum in Phoenix. USA Today named it last week as one of “10 Must-See Museum Exhibits This Summer.”

BUILD! Toy Brick Art at the Heard, presented in the museum’s Lincoln Gallery, features local American Indian, Mexican-American and non-Indian artists transforming their artworks using the versatile toy building blocks. This exhibit also features two LEGO brick creations by well-known LEGO builders Nathan Sawaya and Sean Kenney.

Native artists Steven Yazzie and Autumn Dawn Gomez, and Mexican-American artist Lalo Cota, will be creating their first artworks with LEGO bricks, while local LEGO brick artist Dave Shaddix will transform Navajo artist Marlowe Katoney’s “Angry Birds” textile into a LEGO mosaic.

Also included are works by Cactus Brick, a Tempe-based LEGO brick-building club.

Interactive activities — from June workshops and July “block parties” to an August building contest — combined with the exhibit’s already-assembled sculptures will bring to both children and adults a close-up demonstration of the bricks’ amazing capabilities in form, color and design.

A Heard Museum Family Membership, $75, includes free admission to BUILD! all summer, including a special members-only reception on May 24. Admission is also available on a per-person, per-visit basis.

If you go

What: BUILD! Toy Brick Art at the Heard, features art built with LEGO bricks and interactive activities throughout the summer.

When: The exhibition opens 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24. It will be on display through Sept. 28. Check the museum’s website for special activity dates.

Where: Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Cost: Admission, which includes access to the whole museum, is $23 for adults, seniors $18.50 for seniors, $12.50 for students and children ages 6-12, $5 for children ages 1-5 and American Indians. Sundays in July feature free admission supported by Target, but you will still have to pay a $5 gate fee to see BUILD!

Information: (602) 252-8840 or

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