Lego® Art in Western Mass

The Art of the Brick
Through September 5th at the Springfield Museums

The Lego Art of Nathan Sawaya will be on display at the Springfield Museums from June 16th - September 5th, 2010.

If you build it, they will come. And New York artist Nathan Sawaya has built some amazing sculptures out of common LEGO® building bricks.

The Art of the Brick features 29 whimsical three-dimensional works created from nearly one million colorful pieces. Sawaya’s attention to detail, scale, color and sense of action elevates this common toy to the status of art. He has the uncanny ability to make little rectangular bricks produce curved forms. The exhibit includes portraits and human figures, a 19-foot-long dinosaur skeleton, abstract constructions, and common objects such as a giant pencil and a skateboard. Both beautiful and playful, the exhibit appeals to adults and children alike.

As a child, Sawaya drew cartoons, wrote stories, perfected magic tricks and also played with LEGO. After college at NYU he rediscovered LEGO not as a toy, but as an art medium. He has been featured on national television, including The Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and The Colbert Report. In January of this year, there was an entire Jeopardy category devoted to The Lego Art of Nathan Sawaya.

The Springfield Museums are located on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street in downtown Springfield, Mass. Free parking is available in the Edwards Street parking lots. Summer hours are Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, call 413-263-6800 or visit www.springfieldmuseums.org.

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  1. July 19, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Brick Artist to Create Sculpture from LEGO Bricks at Museum

    New York artist Nathan Sawaya will create a sculpture out of LEGO® building bricks at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, July 31, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Art of the Brick, an exhibition of Sawaya’s LEGO sculptures, is on view at the museum through September 5.

    The Art of the Brick features 29 three-dimensional works created from nearly one million colorful bricks. During his demonstration at the museum, Sawaya will show how he elevates this common toy to the status of art.

    The demonstration is free with the price of museum admission, but there is a special exhibition fee of $5 per person in addition to museum admission for all visitors ages 3 and up to see The Art of the Brick exhibit. The Brick Lab, a play area stocked with LEGO bricks at the Science Museum, is included in the special exhibition ticket.

    Sawaya has been featured on national television, including The Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and The Colbert Report. In January of this year, there was an entire Jeopardy category devoted to The Lego Art of Nathan Sawaya.

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