LEGO exhibit to take shape at Norton Art Museum

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The shape of one LEGO piece is relatively simple, but put together in an elaborate way, they can form a masterpiece.  Norton Museum of Art's "Block by Block" exhibit delivers a delightful experience for all ages.

From June 20, 2013 to October 20, 2013, an exhibition featuring ten beautifully constructed LEGO skyscrapers from around the world will grace the Norton Art Museum. 

The skyscrapers were chosen from around the world.  They include One World Trade Center in New York, the Seattle Space Needle in Washington, Burj Khalifa in Dubai and Taipei 101 in Taiwan. 

The bricks were placed by Dan Parker, a LEGO Certified Professional, a title reserved for those who prove their building proficiency, professional approach and enthusiasm. 

The museum says Parker fell in love with LEGO again at age 30, after several jobs in carpentry and architecture. 

He used his new passion and started making custom displays and projects. 

In the years since, he has created a 400,000-piece Christmas exhibit, a 10-foot Statue of Liberty and a holiday display train in the Puget Sound area. 

Now, he's headed for West Palm Beach.

Parker had to research each building carefully to make it in scaled-down style. 

He also has learned a lot about the history of each location that he's constructed in miniature form. 

The stop in West Palm Beach is one of several he's making. 

As one could imagine, the Norton Museum reports that shipping the carefully constructed pieces has been a trial-and-error process.

"Once, after hours of waiting for his buildings to arrive at a convention, word reached Parker that his shipment had been lost and would not be arriving on time, if at all.  In an unfamiliar city, he and his team searched for any LEGO bricks they could get their hands on and worked through the night to re-create a piece that originally took weeks to design and build - and pulled it off in time," explained a program published by the museum.

On August 8th at 5 p.m., Parker will be in town to lead a gallery talk and a group build.  Also during the exhibit, visitors will get the chance to try their own hand at building with various station.

For more details, visit www.norton.org .

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