When the summer doldrums have begun to kick in, or you simply have run out of exciting things to fill your days, head over to Philadelphia's always-interesting Franklin Institute, and indulge your senses in the incredible works on display at The Art of the Brick.
This amazing special exhibit – which was scheduled to run until Sept. 6, 2015, but has been extended to October 4, 2015 due to popular demand – is an awe-inspiring collection of larger-than-life sculptures and masterpieces that you simply need to see to believe.
Artist and LEGO expert Nathan Salawa has put LEGOs to work in ways you may never have imagined.
You haven't seen anything until you've seen the incredible structures at this tremendous Franklin Institute exhibit — Photo courtesy of Richard Fisher
Sure, you can make a pretty cool creation out of your childhood bricks, but can you recreate masterpieces from Da Vinci, Van Gogh and other great artists? Can you build a life-sized, life-like dinosaur out of those bricks? Can you sculpt amazing and creative displays of art and scenes representative of real life and people, too?
This artist can – and has. His display of creations is like nothing you've ever seen before.
If nothing else, it'll motivate you to go home and pull out those forgotten bricks to see just what you can come up with if you put a little effort into it.
The Art of the Brick is one of the most headline-garnering special exhibits that's making the rounds in 2015. In fact, it's been voted one of the must-sees of the year. It's also had plenty of folks talking about it in its short time in Philadelphia.
You can make this out of LEGOs, right? — Photo courtesy of Tony Fischer
Salawa's incredible ability to transform these simple bricks into giant, colorful, amazing renditions of people, works of art, sculptures and creatures is just something you've got to see.
This artist's works are fun, creative and artistic, and they prove that even the most mundane of items can be made into great art when viewed by the right person.
Salawa is certainly that person. He proves that those tiny little bricks certainly are a terrific, open-ended toy that can be used for so many different purposes. They offer so many ways to express oneself, and they're just plain fun, too!
Admission to the exhibit running now through the beginning of September will set you back $29 for adults and $25.50 for children ages three to 11. But your admission also includes access to The Franklin Institute itself, which is also worth checking out.
This museum is one of the tops in the country, and it makes learning about science and scientific concepts shockingly interesting.
Should you and your crowd decide to pop in on this special exhibit during the evening hours of 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the cost is $19.50 for adults and $15.50 for kids three to 11, with the last tickets sold at 7:30 p.m.
See you there.