Fernando Amorsolo meets LEGO at Shang

A celebration of legacy and art, Shangri-La Plaza sets the stage for Amorsolo’s iconic paintings rendered ingeniously in Lego

See the masterpieces of National Artist for Visual Arts Fernando Amorsolo in a new form, as they transform into LEGO brick mosaic art versions at the Project: Amorsolo art exhibit happening at the Grand Atrium in Shangri-La Plaza on August 9-14. 

Project: Amorsolo is made possible by the Pinoy LEGO Users Group (PinoyLUG), a community of passionate Filipino LEGO builders and hobbyists, in cooperation with the Fernando C. Amorsolo Art Foundation, Inc. that aims to preserve and promote the works of the Grand Old Man of Philippine Art to more audiences. It features three iconic Amorsolo works Bayanihan, Dalagang Bukid, and Early Traders, personally chosen and assembled by PinoyLUG members during the pandemic as these pieces’ themes are aligned with LEGO’s mission of creating communities that build and share together. 

These LEGO projects come at no better time as this year marks the 50th anniversary since Amorsolo was recognized as the Philippines’ first National Artist for his masterful use of lighting and backlighting in his portraits and paintings that usually depict everyday life and rural landscapes. 

To further promote an atmosphere of play, creativity, and community, Project: Amorsolo also includes fun activities for all mall guests. It is going to host Lego Free Play and Activity, in partnership with ToyRUs, where anyone can join and build their own Lego masterpiece throughout the exhibit period. 

There’s also the Painting for Kids Workshop led by the Fernando C. Amorsolo Art Foundation, Inc. on August 13 from 10:30am-2:30pm. Registration fee is P800, inclusive of art materials. The same foundation is also hosting the Sketching for Adults Workshop on August 14 from 10:30am-2:30pm with a registration fee of P500, inclusive of art materials. Interested participants can join by sending an email to bayanihanartworkshop@gmail.com

LEGO-lizing Amorsolo, according to PinoyLUG, isn’t only meant to express the group’s love for the toy bricks as #MasterBuilderofGoodVibes. It also hopes to celebrate the Filipino bayanihan spirit and promote local artistry and creativity. Catch this one-of-a-kind #PinoyLugxShang event at the Grand Atrium on August 9-14. 

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