Artist: Nathan Sawaya
Medium: LEGO Bricks and glue
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Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring works out of some of the most unlikely things. His recent North American museum tours feature large-scale sculptures using only LEGO® toy building blocks.
Sawaya’s art is currently touring North American and world-wide museums in a show titled, The Art of the Brick. It’s the only exhibition focusing exclusively on LEGO as an art medium. The creations, constructed from nearly one million pieces, were built from standard bricks beginning as early as 2000.
Born in Colville, Washington and raised in Veneta, Oregon, Sawaya’s childhood dreams were always fun. He drew cartoons, wrote stories and perfected magic tricks. Of course much of his playtime centered on the emerging LEGO City he created in his parent’s living room. For more than twelve years the LEGO City flourished. And this is where Sawaya’s imagination soared, and consequently where he fine-tuned his future art form.
With more than 1.5 million colored bricks in his New York studio, Sawaya’s sculptures take many forms. A 7-foot-long replica of the Brooklyn Bridge, a life-size tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, and Stephen Colbert are all now immortalized in plastic.
In addition, his work is also in collections including:
• Lancaster Museum of Art in Lancaster, PA
• Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, IL
• The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY
• The Building for Kids in Appleton, WI
• Time Warner Center public art display in New York, NY
• Qwest Field public art display in Seattle, WA
• LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, CA
• FAO Schwarz in New York, NY
• The Toy Museum in Bellaire, OH
• The Dreier Collection in Santa Barbara, CA
• The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA
• The New Orleans Public Library public art display in New Orleans, LA
Sawaya has also been featured on multiple media outlets including CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman, NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, ESPN’s Cold Pizza, ABC’S Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Newsday.