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New sculptures confirmed for The Art of the Brick

In Pieces

Exhibition preview

FOLLOWING recent news that Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick is to now run in London until April 12, 2015 due to popular demand, UK promoters ExhibiTours have revealed that upon reopening on January 9 the exhibition will feature an exciting additional room displaying In Pieces, an extraordinary multimedia collaboration between the American sculptor and Australian photographer Dean West.

The photos in the series In Pieces depict scenes of Americana with an added curious twist, each photo featuring one or more LEGO sculptures hidden in plain sight.

The exhibition features highly stylized photographic representations of contemporary life that incorporate exquisitely detailed LEGO objects which also appear on display. The images have been constructed by combining West’s modern photography techniques and Sawaya’s unique sculptures made out of LEGO.

Key to the narrative and aesthetic of the photographic series, Sawaya’s sculptures are much like the construction of a digital photograph. Thousands of bricks are glued together to form recognizable objects much like the assembly of pixels in a digital image. The similarities in technology not only help shape the aesthetic of In Pieces – they are key to deconstructing the composition of each tableau.

In Pieces joins over 85 pieces of Sawaya’s sculptural work that have been on display at the Old Truman Brewery since September. These artworks are large scale sculptures, many of which are human figures such as Sawaya’s most famous piece Yellow.

The exhibition also features a T-Rex skeleton constructed from over 80,000 LEGO bricks and measuring over six metres in length, plus a specially commissioned room of dedicated British exhibits.

In addition, visitors also have the chance to see Sawaya’s recent interpretations of some of the world’s most famous artworks, including 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.

Tickets for the exhibition, which has to date attracted over 100,000 visitors to Brick Lane’s Old Truman Brewery, are on sale now and can be purchased from www.artofthebrick.co.uk or on 0203 773 8995.