The Art of the Brick

Artist Nathan Sawaya rediscovered LEGO after college – not as a toy, but rather as an art medium.

We first heard of Nathan Sawaya’s work when he constructed an anatomically correct human heart out of LEGO bricks. And not just because, but for the use of the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California.

Upon giving his portfolio website the once-over, we found out that a lot of his projects have a somewhat noble cause. For example, this lion for the New York Public Library, which was installed at the main entrance of the library for its 100th anniversary.

Also, being a part of the LEGO Builders of Tomorrow campaign, he recreated the city of New Orleans based on drawings the campaign received from children across the nation.

But the brick-building expert can be frivolous, too. Here is a gigantic LEGO sculpture of a glass of milk and a cookie, which he claims to have been commissioned by a lover of life’s simpler pleasures – Santa Claus!

Photos via Nathan Sawaya

Nathan Sawaya is currently touring North American museums with a show called “The Art of the Brick.” It features sculptures made of about a million LEGO pieces. He is a product of the New York University and resides in the same city. For more information, visit

written by sleepswimming on 2011-07-01 #news #art #lego #new-york #lomography #news #toy-bricks #nathan-sawaya

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