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Bishop Museum Presents “Travelling Bricks: An Exhibition Made of LEGO® Bricks”
New Family Exhibition Explores the History of Travel with Models Made Entirely of LEGO® Bricks
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Bishop Museum’s newest traveling family exhibition invites visitors on an educational and entertaining journey of the history of land, sea, air and space travel with displays made of nearly one million LEGO® bricks. “Travelling Bricks: An Exhibition Made of LEGO® Bricks” will be on exhibit in the Castle Memorial Building from May 25 through October 27, 2019.
The exhibition features 120 LEGO® models in sixty scenes, created by LEGO® Professional Artists with themes of early transportation, ships, trains, aviation and space flight, as well as vehicles with wheels and record breakers. At the center of the exhibition will be the ten-foot-long Carl Sagan and Saturn V rocket models as well as the twenty-two-foot-long ship Titanic. In addition, “Travelling Bricks: An Exhibition Made of LEGO® Bricks” presents entertaining and educational videos, as well as a large interactive area with approximately three hundred thousand LEGO® bricks for guests to play with.
Included in the exhibition will be additional LEGO® models of familiar and iconic images of Hawaiʻi, including Aloha Tower and the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa. “We were really excited to work with Hawai‘i LEGO® Users Group, a community of local LEGO® builders, collectors and fans, to create LEGO® models of Aloha Tower and Hōkūleʻa to reflect part of Hawaiʻi’s story of transportation,” said Brad Evans, director of exhibits at Bishop Museum. “For decades, Aloha Tower was the first place where travelers would set foot in Hawai‘i and, today, enormous cruise liners still dock at Aloha Tower. Of course, we also feel that the voyaging legacy of Hawaiʻi’s Polynesian ancestors, represented by the double-hulled voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa, is an important story to tell within the show.” In 2017, Hōkūleʻa completed a three-year circumnavigation of the Earth, charting her course around the globe by observation of the wind, waves, sun and stars and continues today to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging through experiential educational programs.
For over sixty years, modern LEGO® bricks have been a part of households with younger children all over the world. LEGO®’s popularity is evident in mainstream culture with the popular toy bricks becoming the subject of books, art work, theme parks and movies, such as the recently released feature film “LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part.”
The toy bricks have also been used by teachers in the classroom as well as by astronauts. For nearly forty years, many educators have used LEGO® bricks for hands-on learning to inspire interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) targeted at preschool, elementary and middle school students. In 2011, Space Shuttle Endeavour’s mission STS-134 brought LEGO® kits to the International Space Station, where astronauts built models to see how they would react in microgravity as a part of the LEGO® Bricks in Space program.
Since the invention of the wheel, human beings have created innovative ways to move from one place to another, to explore, to trade, and eventually for leisure. The evolution of transportation from Mesopotamia to space exploration displayed in “Travelling Bricks: An Exhibition Made of LEGO® Bricks” at Bishop Museum seeks to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow, brick by brick.
“Travelling Bricks: An Exhibition Made of LEGO® Bricks” was developed by World Touring Exhibitions. The exhibit at Bishop Museum is sponsored locally by First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd., Honolulu Family and Love’s Bakery.
For more information about this exhibit, visit www.BishopMuseum.org/Travelling-Bricks
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