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 The Lego Invasion of Montclair Art Museum

The Lego Invasion of Montclair Art Museum

On Sunday, March 6, at the Montclair Art Museum, architect Stephen W. Schwartz led two sessions of fifty families each in constructing a replica of Montclair out of Legos. I was lucky enough to hang out, talk to some people in the midst of the frenetic, joyful building, and sit back and observe the day. We also made a video or two--here's one of them:

A few quick facts about the day:

*60,000 bricks were used in the construction of these fifty buildings--and they almost ran out of bricks! The structural integrity of some of these little structures was intense.

*Schwartz conducts 50 of these workshops a year, constructing cities from Montclair and Morristown to Jerusalem and Vatican City.

*This is the seventh year Montclair Art Museum has presented this event; both sessions sold out in advance.

*Legos are vastly superior to their imitation block cousins--Mega Blocks, in particular, hold together in spectacularly inferior ways (I spent a good chunk of time hunting out the awful Mega Block impostors in the huge bins of Legos--they're tricky).

*The big thrill of the day came in seeing parents and their kids revel in the organized chaos of scooping up bricks, checking out a photograph, and finding creative and surprising ways to pull off Montclair's interesting architecture. Watching fifty families spend time together playing in an art museum brought me a lot of joy.

 

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