Block By Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture


Opening Saturday, January 25, 2014, EMP Museum in Seattle presents Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture, an exhibit of some of the most noteworthy landmark buildings made from LEGO® bricks. Organized by Norton Museum of Art, Block By Block features ten landmarks that range from four to nine feet tall and include Seattle’s Space Needle, the Chrysler Building, Hearst Tower, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Taipei 101 in Taiwan, among others.

The Chrysler Building. Photo courtesy of the Norton Museum of Art.
The Chrysler Building. Photo courtesy of the Norton Museum of Art.

Children have been using bricks to build imaginative creations since LEGO® was invented in 1946.  LEGO® technology has even been used by scientists to create more efficient solar panels and reduce cell phone waste. See these famous bricks all grown up in exhibit that features model skyscrapers of some of the most noteworthy landmarks on earth built by former LEGO® certified professional artist Dan Parker and his Seattle-based TrainBuilder Productions, LLC.

Dan Parker of TrainBuilder Productions, LLC.  Photo courtesy of the Norton Museum of Art.
Dan Parker of TrainBuilder Productions, LLC. Photo courtesy of the Norton Museum of Art.

View epic edifices that represent more than a hundred years of architectural innovation and nearly 200,000 LEGO® bricks. Stand next to American giants like the Chrysler Building and Hearst Tower, ‘60s visions of the future like the Space Needle, and international wonders like Dubai’s Burj Khalifa—the tallest manmade structure in the world. As a visitor, you can create a masterpiece of your own at a collaborative building area featuring LEGO® bricks within the gallery then build your own community by placing it in EMP’s Mini Megalopolis.


Want to get a sneak peek at Block By Block? Then attend Brick Party on Friday, January 24, 2014 to see Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture before it opens to the public. Join in activities that unleash your creative potential, compete to win prizes, and pay tribute to the most famous bricks in the world.

• Play video games featuring LEGO® on EMP’s mammoth Sky Church screen

• Hear from experts in the industry including Shelly Corbett (Fine Art Photographer), Alice Finch (Builder), and Dustin Woodard (Stop Motion Animator)

• Create stop motion animation videos with Clay Animation Network

• Engage in brick building activities with Bricks 4 Kidz, Play-Well TEKnologies, and SEALUG

• Show off your smarts in “Know Your Mini-Figs” with EMP Curator Brooks Peck

• Be among the first to see the exhibit

The Brick Party is Friday, January 24, 2014 starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 for adults ($10.00 for EMP members) and $5.00 for children (Under 18).  A cash bar will also be available at the Brick Party.

Visiting EMP at Seattle Center

EMP Museum is located at 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109.  EMP is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Regular Adult admission is $20.00 per person ($15.00 if purchased online) and $14.00 for Children, ages 5-17 ($12.00 if purchased online).  EMP also offers discounts to seniors and students.  Complete details are available at EMP’s website.

EMP is easily accessible by car and ample street parking is available as well as paid parking at Seattle Center. Numerous bus routes serve the Center as well as the world-famous Seattle Center Monorail built in 1962 for the Seattle World’s Fair.

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