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The Art of the Brick to debut at OMSI - 02/07/17

On Thursday, February 16 we will host a media preview event of the upcoming featured exhibit The Art of the Brick. Media guests will have the opportunity to view sections of the exhibition, and hear from Nancy Stueber, president of OMSI and Nathan Sawaya, the The Art of the Brick artist.

There will be a short press conference after which Stueber and Sawaya will unveil an original LEGO(R) Brick sculpture designed and built specially for OMSI. Following the sculpture unveiling media guests will have the opportunity to speak with Stueber, Sawaya and OMSI staff.

Thursday's Timeline:

10:00 -- 10:30: Exhibit preview
10:30 -- 11:00: Press conference, original sculpture unveiling
11:00 -- 12:00: Interviews

For those interested in attending the event, please RSVP to John Farmer, jfarmer@omsi.edu or 503.797.4517, by Wednesday, February 15th.

About Art of the Brick
The Art of the Brick, a captivating exhibition of intriguing works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world, the LEGO(R) brick, opens at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on February 18. The critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring pieces constructed using only LEGO bricks is created by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya. The groundbreaking, 12,000 square-foot exhibit will feature a specially-designed LEGO and DUPLO play area, along with a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and challenges.

About Nathan Sawaya
Nathan Sawaya is an acclaimed New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring artwork out of a toy. His art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only LEGO bricks. Sawaya was the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world and his touring exhibition The Art of the Brick, has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts around the world. CNN heralded, "The Art of the Brick is one of the top must-see exhibits in the world!" Originally from Oregon, when it came time for college, Sawaya moved to New York City, attended NYU and became a lawyer. But after years of million dollar mergers and corporate acquisitions on Park Avenue, Sawaya realized he would rather be sitting on the floor creating art than sitting in a boardroom negotiating contracts. He walked away from the law and took an artistic risk on LEGO bricks. Now Sawaya is an author, speaker and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information about Nathan Sawaya and his artwork, visit www.nathansawaya.com. For more information about The Art of the Brick, visit www.brickartist.com.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

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