World’s most elaborate display of LEGO art to open at Peoria Riverfront Museum

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PEORIA, Ill. — Nearly 1 million bricks are heading to the River City.

Wednesday, the Peoria Riverfront Museum announced the world’s most elaborate display of LEGO art, “The Art of the Brick” exhibition, is set to open at 10 a.m. May 25. The display will feature a 20-foot-long T-Rex skeleton (80,020 bricks) reimagined masterpieces such as Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” (4,573 bricks), life-size people, super-sized objects and over 80 art works made exclusively from LEGO bricks.

Members can get in for free, while tickets are $18 adults, $17 students and seniors 60+, and also $16 youth 3-17.

Named one of CNN’s top ten “Global Must-See Exhibitions,” the critically acclaimed “The Art of the Brick” is the first major museum exhibition to use one of the world’s most recognizable toys, the LEGO brick, as the sole art medium. 

The sculptures were created by New York lawyer turned artist Nathan Sawaya, who developed a new dimension of contemporary art. Sawaya will be at the museum Aug. 10 to give a presentation on art and the importance of creativity.

“The Art of the Brick” features a special gallery that showcases an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick-infused photography with 3D elements that Sawaya produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West.

“The Art of the Brick” exhibition runs from May 25 through Sept. 2. The cost is $18 for adults, $17 for students and seniors 60+, and $16 for youth 3 to 17; members get in free. 

For more information about the exhibition, upcoming events or the museum, call (309) 686-7000, or visit

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