Nathan Sawaya‘s work has been inspirational to many AFOL’s. He is one of the pioneers in using LEGO bricks as a medium for art. His widely acclaimed, record breaking exhibition The Art of The Brick has visited the Far East, Australia as well as his home city of New York and is now touring Europe.
The first stop on the European tour is Dublin and The Ambassador Theatre. Due to the popular demand of the exhibit the show has been extended to 22nd June before making it’s way to London.
Built with over a million bricks, taking over 4,000 hours to build and comprising of 73 pieces of art, The Art of The Brick has been described as One of CNN’s Top 10 “Must see exhibitions”.
At the entrance to the exhibit, viewers are greeted by “Crowd” inspired by the “throngs of people walking the streets of New York City”. As you advance through the exhibit you can see how the subsequent works have progressed in a much larger scale culminating in “Dinosaur”.
Standing nearly 6m tall and built with over 80,000 bricks Dinosaur took an entire summer to build and was used as the centre piece for Nathan’s first solo exhibition in 2007.
There are some truly beautiful pieces along the journey.The influences of the former corporate lawyer turned LEGO Certified Professional are represented in the mosaics of Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix and Rembrandt. The LEGO built reproductions of such famous works of art the Venus de Milo (18,483 bricks) and Augustus (22,300 bricks) show Sawaya’s love for Hellenistic sculptures.
Sawaya is probably best known for his abstract protrayal of the human form. Yellow, being his most iconic piece, shows his subject “opening oneself up to the world”. The piece has had it’s own CUUSOO project and has even been used by Lady Gaga in promotional images.
For more information on The Art of The Brick head over to Nathan Sawaya’s website http://brickartist.com/
To book tickets for the show, visit www.ticketmaster.ie. Tickets are priced €14 for Adults, €12 for Students & OAP’s, €8 for children up to 15 and €34 for a family of four for Mondays to Wednesdays and €17 for Adults, €14 for Students and OAP’s, €9 for children up to 15 and €42 for a family of four the rest of the week.