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The Art of the Brick

Nathan Sawaya brings his LEGO sculptures to Melbourne with The Art of the Brick.


May 13th, 2011

We love LEGO here at Indesignlive, so it’s exciting to learn that from 2 June Melbourne’s Federation Square will become home to large-scale sculptures created with the iconic bricks by New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya.

“I use LEGO bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar,” says Sawaya.


“Everyone can relate to LEGO since it is a toy that many children have at home and one that adults have a sentimental attachment to.

“I 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.”


Sawaya started playing with LEGO professionally “to ease the stress of being a corporate lawyer in Manhattan.”

”I built sculptures out of all kinds of material [including] a self-portrait out of LEGO bricks.”

The LEGO aspect of his work took off and Sawaya hasn’t looked back since, exhibiting in the Time Warner Centre in New York, Art and Culture Centre in Hollywood and Spot Gallery in Paris.


“I love meeting people from around their world and seeing their surprise at just what is possible with LEGO,” Sawaya enthuses.

“Australia has always been on my radar so I am very excited about the Melbourne exhibition.”


Art of the Brick

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