LEGO is synonymous with childhood. Aside from Barbies, I don’t think any other toy held my attention as much as LEGOs. Apparently someone else (an incredibly talented, someone else) felt the same way. Enter Nathan Sawaya. His love of creation began at the early age of 5, when he received his first LEGO set. Although he began his career as a lawyer, Sawaya always knew something was missing from his life. After years of working in law, he decided to bring back his hobby of building with LEGOs to offset the stress of his career.
The Art of the Brick, LEGO Exhibit
Today, Sawaya’s LEGO art has taken on a life of it’s own. His sculptures have won him numerous awards and his exhibit, The Art of the Brick is currently touring around the U.S, at the moment, at Kansas City’s Union Station.
The exhibit begins with a short introductory film, before the screen recedes into the ceiling and a path into a land full of LEGO’s unfolds before you.
It absolutely blew me away! What began as an afternoon with my young cousins, turned into a full-blown obsession. The exhibit offers a wide variety of pieces, ranging from recreations of traditional art work, such as DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, to the In Pieces collection, which pairs LEGO creations placed into photographs (one of my favorites!).
“My favorite subject is the human form. A lot of my work suggests a figure in transition. It presents the metamorphosis I am experiencing in my own life. My pieces grow out of my fears and accomplishments, as a lawyer and as an artist, as a boy and as a man.” Nathan Sawaya
Not only was I in awe of the incredible pieces Sawaya has created, I was truly inspired to bring more creative outlets into my life. Although I’m not a master builder, I did try my hand at LEGO’s at the end of the exhibit. The last room is full of tables filled with LEGO pieces to build to your hearts content.
If you’re in Kansas City, or any of the other stops on Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick exhibit, be sure to stop in, it really is amazing the time, effort, and skill put into all of his pieces.
Which piece is your favorite?