Carnegie Science Center to Offer Special Tours of the Art of the Brick for Visitors Who are Blind or Have Low Vision Verbal Description Tours Will Enhance LEGO ART Exhibition's Accessibility





  

Carnegie Science Center now offers newly developed Verbal Description Tours of THE ART OF THE BRICK, a special program designed to make the world’s largest LEGO art exhibition accessible to visitors who are blind or have low vision.

“THE ART OF THE BRICK by artist Nathan Sawaya is a very visual experience, as it features more than 100 LEGO sculptures,” said Science Center Operations Manager and Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s Accessibility Coach Justin Tognarine. “Everyone deserves an opportunity to experience such an amazing exhibit, and these staff-led tours will provide access to visitors who are blind or have low vision through close and careful description.”

Specially-trained docents will lead the Verbal Description Tours, using tactile pieces to convey the textures and shapes of the LEGO artwork. Visitors will be able to touch certain objects and form visualizations of the art as staff explain in-depth the sculptures in the exhibition.

Tours last approximately 90 minutes and will include access to The Science of the Brick, a LEGO activity zone featuring hands-on building challenges.

Verbal Description Tours are scheduled for
    •    Sunday, Oct. 21— 11 am
    •    Thursday, Nov. 15 — 1 pm
    •    Sunday, Dec. 9 — 11 am
Tour capacity is 15 visitors. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call 412.237.3400 or email CustomerService@CarnegieScienCecenter.org. Tours also are available by request through reservations for a group. Visitors will meet in the Science Center’s main lobby outside of THE ART OF THE BRICK. To learn more about THE ART OF THE BRICK, visit CarnegieScienceCenter.org. 


About Carnegie Science Center Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs. Accessibility: Features for All Carnegie Science Center welcomes all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and in supporting equal access to services, programs, and activities. We welcome visitors in wheelchairs on the deck of our USS Requin (SS 481) submarine. Below-deck visits require full mobility. Hearing assistance devices are available for The Rangos Giant Cinema. Please ask when you buy your ticket. Please note that requests for accommodations should be made at least two weeks prior to your visit. For specific questions about wheelchairs, strollers, or other programmatic or equipment needs, see the ticket counter located on the first floor of the main building or contact Customer Service at 412.237.1641 or info@carnegiesciencecenter.org. Please contact Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s Accessibility Coordinator with concerns regarding accessibility for visitors with disabilities at the museums. On weekdays, call 412.622.6578 or email accessibility@carnegiemuseums.org. About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. In 2017, the museums reached more than 1.4 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events. About Nathan Sawaya & THE ART OF THE BRICK Former NYC corporate lawyer turned contemporary artist, Nathan Sawaya is the first artist ever to take the LEGO brick into the art world as a medium. Sawaya has earned a top position in the world of contemporary art and has created a new dimension by merging Pop Art and Surrealism in awe-inspiring and groundbreaking ways. Sawaya’s touring exhibition – THE ART OF THE BRICK® – has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts around the world. CNN heralded, THE ART OF THE BRICK is one of the top ten “must-see exhibits in the world!" Sawaya is an author, speaker and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information visit www.brickartist.com.