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New Exhibit Opening This Spring: Dream it, Build it: A LEGO Certified Professional Exhibit

The Grand Rapids Public Museum announced today that “Dream it, Build it” A LEGO© Certified Professional Exhibit will open at the Museum on March 1, 2014. Dream it, Build it features architectural masterpieces recreated with LEGO© bricks by Certified Lego Professional Adam Reed Tucker. The exhibition will also include areas for Museum visitors to create with bricks.


Dream it, Build it will house 13 LEGO© bricked recreations of some of the most famous architectural structures, including Burj Dubai, the Empire State Building, the Jin Mao Tower, and the Gateway Arch.  As part of the exhibition, Tucker will also be creating a scaled model of the Van Andel Museum Center building. Tucker’s work has previously been shown at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois, and most recently at the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, Michigan.


The exhibit will include play areas where visitors can create their own brick masterpieces while taking inspiration from the architectural artwork surrounding them.


Dale Robertson, President and CEO of the Grand Rapids Public Museum said “The Museum is pleased to bringing this exhibit to Grand Rapids. The LEGO© buildings constructed by Adam Tucker are remarkable! The added dimension of areas in the exhibit where visitors can show off their creativity makes this exhibition perfect for all ages.”


Throughout the GRPM, there will also be works on display from the Western Michigan LEGO Train Club™ in conjunction with Milton Train Works™", which will include a model of the Museum’s 1885 trolley car.


Adam Reed Tucker

Adam Reed Tucker, began using LEGO© bricks many years ago as an art medium to create artistic representations of some of the world’s most breath-taking architecture. As one of 12 Certified Lego Professionals, Adam Reed Tucker has created masterful works of art and architecture.


Chicago native, Tucker received a Professional Degree in Architecture with an emphasis on the Philosophy of Design Theory in 1996. Until 2006, Tucker worked as an architect in the Kansas City and Chicago areas until he discovered the possibilities LEGO© bricks held in


terms of design and function in understanding and creating architecture.  In 2006, Tucker’s company, Brickstructures, joined forces with LEGO© Group to design and create a new line of LEGO© Architecture.


Tucker has stated that he views “the LEGO© brick first and foremost as an art medium. No different than, say paint to a painter or metal to a blacksmith. My creations are an artistic celebration, a sculptural exploration of architecture in it grandest most impressive form, the skyscraper. When attempting to interpret these mega-structures using LEGO© bricks, one is forced to rely on the raw architectural visual statement the architect has intended. For this very reason, I see my creations as a form of sculpture celebrating the shape, purpose and overall harmony, rather than a literal representation.”


Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. The mission of the museum is to be a living monument of artifacts, ideas and stories told through exhibitions, events and educational programming designed to inspire, motivate and celebrate our human bond. We enrich the life of our community through experiences of the wider world in a uniquely Grand Rapids context. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit www.grmuseum.org.