The Art of the Brick
Nathan Sawaya’s childhood dreams were like most kids: have fun. He drew cartoons, did magic tricks, wrote stories, and played with LEGO® bricks. That sounds pretty typical for all of us. Nathan grew up, went to New York University, and became a lawyer.
But those little LEGO bricks were never far away, and his creative mind kept churning up new ideas. Sometimes we just can’t ignore that small voice in our head and must follow it to find our true calling.
Nathan Sawaya followed his voice. He first came to national attention in 2004 when he won a nationwide search for a professional Lego Master Model Builder. He worked for the LEGO company for six months, then opened his own art studio in New York. He is officially recognized by The LEGO Group as a Lego Certified Professional.
Today Sawaya creates amazing sculptures from the 1.5 million colored bricks in his New York art studio. Sawaya’s art is currently touring North American museums in a show titled “The Art of the Brick.” See if the exhibit is coming near you.
Mulvane Art Museum recently hosted “The Art of the Brick” exhibit. The museum also offered children the tools to create their own LEGO brick art. Below are some of the creations from the day we visited.
The creation below might not be made by artists who are certified professionals, but they worked together and talked to each other about each new addition. For example, they explained where the car would be parked when the family was taking groceries into the house. The collaborators agreed on everything. That makes it a winner in teamwork creations. And I think that puts it in a gold medal category.