Lego sculptor Nathan Sawaya's The Art of the Brick
THE OLD Truman Brewery – East London’s revolutionary arts and media quarter – will host Nathan Sawaya’s world renowned exhibition The Art of the Brick® – from Friday, September 26, 2014 to Sunday, January 4, 2015.
Over seventy five art sculptures, created by US artist Nathan Sawaya from more than a million LEGO® bricks, will be on display.
The Art of the Brick has been proclaimed by CNN as one of the world’s 10 must see exhibitions and has already attracted millions of visitors worldwide in New York, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Shanghai and Singapore.
The artworks on display will be large scale sculptures, many of which are human figures such as Sawaya’s most famous piece Yellow and a TRex skeleton Dinosaur constructed from over 80,000 LEGO bricks that measures over six metres in length.
In addition, visitors will have a chance to see Sawaya’s recent interpretations of some of the world’s most famous artworks, such as Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.
The exhibition includes an Interactive Zone inviting younger (and older) visitors to explore their creativity using the iconic bricks.
Nathan Sawaya, whose previous career was as a successful corporate lawyer, started playing with LEGO toys at an early age and just never stopped creating. He explains:
‘I use LEGO bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before. I also appreciate the cleanliness of the medium. The right angles. The distinct lines. As so often in life, it is a matter of perspective. Up close, the shape of the brick is distinctive. But from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines change to curves.’
Ticket for the exhibition are available from www.artofthebrick.co.uk/ or at 0207 492 5374.