Date:9 June 2014
Lego stopped being kids’ stuff long ago. Case in point: described by CNN as one of the world’s must-see exhibitions, The Art of the Brick has attracted millions of viewers worldwide. It’s the first exhibition to highlight Lego as an art medium.
Created by US artist Nathan Sawaya, The Art of the Brick features more than 70 sculptures created entirely from Lego. In all, he has used more than a million of the bricks.
Sawaya’s most famous piece, Yellow, is included in the show. Also on show is a 6-metre Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur skeleton made up of more than 80 000 Lego bricks. Besides the unique works for which Sawaya has become justly famous, there are his recent interpretations of some of the world’s most famous artworks. These include the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Says Sawaya: “I like using Lego bricks as a medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reaction to artwork created from something with which they are familiar… my goal is to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before. I also appreciate the cleanliness of the Lego brick. The right angles. The distinct lines. But, from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines offer new perspectives, changing to curves.”
To find out more, visit www.artofthebrick.co.uk
Source: The Newsmarket