It’s just a kid’s toy — well, not according to lawyer-turned-LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya.

He’s been playing with Lego since he was a nipper and never really grew out of it.

He has turned Lego into a complex artform that’s been on tour around the world and is now returning to the East End after 10 years.

Nathan’s ‘Art of the Brick’ exhibition is being staged — appropriately — in Brick Lane, at the Old Truman Brewery on March 6, the same place he staged it back in 2014.

“Everyone can relate to Lego since it’s a toy that children have at home,” Nathan says.

“Up close, the shape of the brick is distinctive. But from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines change to curves.”

His collection of 75 complex Lego sculptures, which includes a 20ft-long T-Rex skeleton made from 80,000 miniature bricks, is rather like looking at the tiny pixels on a computer screen from a distance, but which have been lovingly stuck together in the real third dimension.

Nathan, whose previous career was as a successful corporate lawyer, has made versions of famous art such as the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, Michelangelo’s David and Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

They will go on display alongside a multimedia collection of Lego photography by award-winning photographer Dean West. H

is Lego sculptures have attracted millions of visitors in New York, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Shanghai and Singapore.

The collection has been evolving over the decade since 2014, having travelled to 100 cities in 24 countries and six continents.

But London’s East End has always held a special place for Nathan.

“I was touched by how many people connected with my art in 2014,” he recalls.

“I hope to rekindle the magic I felt here 10 years ago and share the art with a place that never ceases to amaze me.”

The ‘Exhibition Hub’ display also includes a ‘play and build’ area with free reign to explore your creativity with familiar pieces for art, or to explore childhood fun and emotions.

Nathan’s Lego exhibition opens in Spitalfields on March 6 at the Boiler House at the Old Truman Brewery, 152 Brick Lane.

Tickets are available online from