Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Art of the Brick Tampa

"Art can be anything."
Nathan Sawaya
The Art of the Brick Tampa

Last weekend, Ron and I drove to downtown Tampa to see The Art of the Brick, a first-of-its-kind exhibit of sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya, made entirely out of LEGO bricks. The exhibit, which began June 23 and runs through September 4, has been very popular and even though we got there just a few minutes after it opened, there was already a line of people waiting to get inside. Fortunately, the staff were handing out umbrellas to use for shade while we waited. Even at 10 o’clock in the morning, it was already blazing hot.

The wait wasn't too long, and we were inside in less than 20 minutes. The Art of the Brick opened with a biographical video presentation by Sawaya. Sawaya was a corporate lawyer who left his law career to pursue art. Why did he choose LEGOs for his medium? Because they are fun, and because no one had done it before.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Key West Getaway

flying over the Florida Keys

When we landed in Key West at 1 o’clock, it was sunny and beautiful and about a million degrees. Surprise – it’s hot in Key West in July! :-)  We immediately headed to the taxi line but unfortunately, I gave the taxi driver the wrong street address and we ended up on the opposite side of the cemetery from Chris’s house. It wasn’t that big a deal, all we had to do was drive around to the other side, but the driver was not amused and practically threw our suitcases out of the van. Yeesh, what a grouch! No wonder everyone was excited that Uber had finally made it to Key West. We decided we would definitely be checking out that option on the way back to the airport.