Sculptor Nathan Sawaya displays a million Lego bricks in Brick Lane

Nathan Sawaya's Lego brick sculpture 'Yellow'... coming to Brick Lane, of course

Nathan Sawaya's Lego brick sculpture 'Yellow'... coming to Brick Lane, of course - Credit: Nathan Sawaya

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

He’s been playing with Lego since he was a nipper. Now he’s turned it into a complex art form that’s doing the rounds on tour around the world and is now coming to London’s East End.

Nathan’s Art of the Brick exhibition is being staged—appropriately—in Brick Lane.

His 75 complex sculptures showing just what you can do with a million Lego bricks go on show at the Old Truman Brewery on September 24.

“I enjoy seeing people’s reactions to artwork created from something they’re familiar with,” Nathan explains. “Everyone can relate to Lego since it’s a toy that many children have at home.”

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He sees his Lego sculptures in perspective.

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

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It is rather like looking at the tiny pixels on a computer picture from a distance, but these are lovingly stuck together in real third-dimension.

Nathan, whose previous career was a successful corporate lawyer, started playing with Lego toys at an early age and just never stopped creating.

His sculptures include human figures such as Yellow and a 20ft-long TRex dinosaur skeleton made from 80,000 tiny bricks. He has created his own versions of famous art such as Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.

The Lego sculptures have already attracted millions of visitors in New York, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Shanghai and Singapore. The Truman’s exhibition opening September 24 runs till January 4.

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