AI WEIWEI’S “TRACE” BRINGS AWARENESS TO THE HIRSHORN

Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei’s Trace project, on exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden through January, highlights the plight of political activists worldwide who may otherwise have been forgotten. Portraits of 176 men and women created entirely from Legos bring life and color to the bleak existences many must endure as punishment for speaking out against discrimination, maltreatment and oppression. AI WEIWEI’S “TRACE” BRINGS AWARENESS TO THE HIRSHORN

BRICK BY BRICK: ARCHITECTURE WITH LEGOS

Most of us have been privy to the raw power of the best building block in the world: the Lego. They come in almost any size and color imaginable and can help you create just about anything: a castle, a spaceship, a jungle, a bridge…the possibilities are virtually endless. As we grow up, though, we (sadly) don’t get enough time to sit cross-legged on the floor and dream up our next masterpiece. The Museum of Science and Industry out of Chicago, however, understands the world’s affinity for Legos and the creativity they cultivate. Hence their project and exhibit, “Brick by Brick.” BRICK BY BRICK: ARCHITECTURE WITH LEGOS