The Columbus Museum of Art's annual Lego-themed exhibit opened its three-month run last Friday, and further showcases the fine art and ideas that can be conveyed through one of America's all-time favorite toys. This year's "Think Outside the Brick" encompasses a handful of mediums, besides the intricately constructed Lego masterpieces.

The Columbus Museum of Art’s annual Lego-themed exhibit opened its three-month run last Friday, and further showcases the fine art and ideas that can be conveyed through one of America’s all-time favorite toys. This year’s “Think Outside the Brick” encompasses a handful of mediums, besides the intricately constructed Lego masterpieces.

Starting with those masterpieces, the Central Ohio Lego Train Club’s popular collaborative model of the city of Columbus — complete with well-known landmarks and a replica of Capitol Square downtown — returns as the basis for the museum’s 2014 Lego Design Challenge. This year’s challenge is to create a structure that answers the question, “What building, structure or mode of transportation does a new Columbus need?” The finalists can be seen in the Center for Creativity.

Some whimsical Lego-art creations include “The Animal Musicians” by Sachiko Akinaga, a mash-up of a drumming donkey, an accordion-playing cat and a trumpet-playing dog, and David Haliski’s Big Mac meal. More avant-garde pieces include a photography series collaboration between Nathan Sawaya — one of the most famous LEGO sculptors in the world — and photographer Dean West.