Everybody loves Lego. But naturally, not everyone loves it in the same way. For some, what they find most appealing is the look of the bricks, which can capture the shape of an object—whether we’re talking about the Empire State Building or the Batmobile—while retaining an element of whimsy. For others, what makes Lego so awesome is the infinite number of possibilities it presents; that is, the fact that with enough pieces (and the right ones), a person can construct whatever they want. The only limiting factor is one’s imagination. [Read more...]
THE ART OF THE BRICK, an exhibition of works of art made exclusively from Lego bricks, is set to make its debut in New York City at Discovery Times Square (226 West 44th Street) on June 14, with tickets now on sale.
The collection of art constructed using only Lego toy bricks by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya is coming to New York after enjoying runs to sold-out crowds in Singapore, Taiwan, and Australia.
The Discovery Times Square collection will be the world’s biggest and most elaborate display of Lego art ever. Sawaya will be creating brand new works exclusively for this New York City premiere with more than 100 works of art made out of millions and millions of little Lego bricks.
Guests will have the opportunity to get an up-close and in-person view of the iconic, pop culture fan favorite, Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of sunshine yellow Lego bricks cascading from the cavity. In addition, visitors will be able to walk under a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton made out of bricks and come face-to-face with a giant Lego skull.
THE ART OF THE BRICK is the first major museum exhibition to use Lego bricks as the sole art medium. Sawaya transforms them into sculptures, enabling him to elevate what almost every child has played with into the status of contemporary art. THE ART OF THE BRICK at Discovery Times Square runs until January 5, 2014.
Lego is out of the toy box and into the art gallery. New York-based contemporary artist and sculptor Nathan Sawaya is debuting a new collection of artwork titled In Pieces, a multimedia collaboration with award-winning Australian photographer Dean West.
In Pieces features a series of large-scale tableau compositions based on ideas about nature, culture, society, and, more specifically, identity. Sawaya is best known for his preeminent and iconic work out of Lego, while Australian photographer West specializes in hyperrealism imagery. The two artists spent years traveling and working together to blend their crafts resulting in the In Pieces collection of two-dimensional images that are exhibited with corresponding and complimentary three-dimensional Lego sculptures. [Read more...]