The Forest Lawn Museum is having a LEGO exhibition from March 8th through Memorial Day, May 26th called A Million and One Pieces. This event is the first solo museum exhibition by David Tracy who worked as an apprentice for renowned LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya. This exhibition features thirty-two pieces of art including sixteen LEGO lamps in a series called Splash of Color, chairs, tables, and also a sculpture of a human head. These pieces range from 2,700 to 26,000 LEGO bricks. Again, the event will be at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale, CA. Check out the official press release below:
FOREST LAWN MUSEUM
AT FOREST LAWN—GLENDALE
A MILLION AND ONE PIECES
By David Tracy
Contemporary Furniture and Sculpture Crafted from LEGO® Bricks
MARCH 8 – MAY 26, 2014
Opening Reception Saturday, March 8, 2014
6 to 8 pm
GLENDALE, CA—Forest Lawn Museum presents A Million and One Pieces, an exhibition of enchanting contemporary furniture and inventive sculptures masterfully hand-crafted from vibrant LEGO® bricks by celebrated up and coming designer David Tracy. On view at Forest Lawn Museum from Saturday, March 8 through Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014, A Million and One Pieces is the first solo museum exhibition for Tracy and features thirty-two pieces that push the boundaries of modern design, utilizing tens of thousands of LEGO® bricks.
The opening reception for A Million and One Pieces will take place Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm. The exhibition comes as the LEGO® brand is front and center in the cultural zeitgeist, with the newly released The LEGO® Movie stacking up as a huge hit with audiences of all ages.
The A Million and One Pieces exhibition includes a captivating selection of modern furniture and vivid sculptures that present a fun, dynamic fusion of colorful LEGO® bricks and cutting-edge modern design, including cardboard chairs, sixteen LEGO® lamps in a series called Splash of Color, LEGO® tables, and a LEGO® sculpture of a human head. Ranging in size from 2,700 LEGO® bricks to 26,000 LEGO® bricks—each set glued together by hand, brick-by-brick—Tracy’s inspired works demonstrate the expansive possibilities and fluidity of form that can be achieved using thousands of tiny square and rectangular LEGO® bricks.
A Million and One Pieces continues a recurring artistic theme at Forest Lawn Museum, following the presentation of internationally-acclaimed LEGO® artist Nathan Sawaya, whose work was featured in the exhibition The Art of the Brick at Forest Lawn Museum in the summer of 2010, and with whom Tracy previously worked as an apprentice.
The collection of works featured in A Million and One Pieces represent an early career retrospective for the 23-year-old artist, who has spent thousands of hours over the past five years conceiving of and creating the pieces in this exhibition.
Tracy, who first began sculpting with LEGO® bricks as a child at the age of six, said he remains still today enthralled with the little “extraordinarily well-engineered bricks.” Working with LEGO® bricks is “like having a 3D printing medium of your own that you can build anything with, and which adapts to your skill level,” he explains. “I am always pushing myself, and my work has become more intricate and precise as my experience and skill level has increased over the years.”
Said Museum Director and exhibition curator, Joan P. Adan: “David Tracy’s impressive pieces bring such joy. They present at once a nod to the child in each of us who grew up playing with these colorful LEGO® bricks and pave the way for the future of contemporary art and modern design.”
Recently named one of the Top 10 Free Museums in the country by Yahoo Travel, Forest Lawn Museum has a history of introducing unique and exciting exhibitions to the Southern California community. Located on the 290-acre Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale—which has been a renowned Southern California landmark since 1906, featuring a stunning array of art, architecture and three beautiful churches—Forest Lawn Museum is committed to enriching the community through the educational presentation of artwork that focuses on history, culture and religion.
A Million and One Pieces is accompanied by a full-page color brochure.
To attend the A Million and One Pieces exhibition opening reception, taking place on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm, call 323.340.4792 or email [email protected].
David Truman Tracy (b. 1990) is a Los Angeles-based furniture and sculpture designer. His pieces have appeared in distinguished galleries and showrooms throughout Los Angeles, as well as in his hometown of Sacramento, CA, including at Google, Cain Modern in West Hollywood, CA, Lumens Light + Living in Sacramento, CA, the Gallery of Functional Art in Bergamot Station, the largest art gallery complex in the Western United States, as well as previously at Forest Lawn Museum. Tracy has participated in the Sacramento Center for Contemporary Art’s artist studio tours and his pieces have been featured in such publications as AMFM magazine, Sacramento Magazine and Inside Publications, as well as on KVIE Public Television’s 2010 Annual Art Auction. Tracy previously worked as an apprentice to the world-renowned LEGO® artist Nathan Sawaya, and his pieces are owned by private collectors throughout Europe and the United States. Tracy graduated from the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) School of the Arts and Architecture with degrees in Business Economics and Architecture.
A Million and One Pieces is organized and curated by Forest Lawn Museum Director Joan P. Adan.
Also on view at Forest Lawn Museum through Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014 is Drew & Bob: The Masters of Movie Art, an exhibition of iconic illustrations and fine art by legendary artists Drew Struzan and the late Bob Peak.
LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of Companies, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse the works in the exhibition.
For additional information about the exhibition, Forest Lawn Museum, Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale, or to request images or interviews, please contact Beth Laski at p: 818.986.1105; m: 818.300.5424; [email protected].
About Forest Lawn Museum
Recently named one of the Top 10 Free Museums in the country by Yahoo Travel, Forest Lawn Museum is committed to enriching the community through the educational presentation of artwork that focuses on history, culture and religion. Forest Lawn Museum is located at Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale 1712 South Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, visit the Forest Lawn Memorial Park website at www.forestlawn.com, Facebook at Forest Lawn or Twitter @ForestLawn, or call 323.340.4792 or 800.204.3131. The Forest Lawn Museum offers free admission and parking.
Location, Hours, Admission
Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Glendale is located at 1712 South Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205. The Memorial Park is open seven days a week from 8 am to 5 pm (6 pm during DST). The Forest Lawn Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. The Great Mausoleum and Memorial Park churches are open seven days a week from 9 am to 4 pm. Mortuary visitation hours are seven days a week from 8 am to 9 pm. For more information, visit the Forest Lawn Memorial Park website at www.forestlawn.com, Facebook at Forest Lawn or Twitter @ForestLawn, or call 888.204.3131, for international calls +1.323.254.3131.
About Forest Lawn
For more than a century, Forest Lawn has been an integral part of Southern California. Since its founding, Forest Lawn has committed itself to providing outstanding service and beautiful environments for family outings, remembering loved ones and commemorating holidays. Forest Lawn’s locations in the Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, as well as in the Coachella Valley, serve all faiths and cultures, and offer a wide range of celebrations and special events.
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