Lego art – not just child’s play

Just write

Just write

The Art of the Brick Lego Exhibition by Nathan Sawaya is on at the Rosebank Zone at the moment. We went last night and I was blown away by what this man has managed to put together using only lego bricks.

Power of the brick

Power of the brick

He was an arty kid who trained as a lawyer, thinking everyone needs a real job. That’s a very sad state of affairs. The arty people I know who have done “real” jobs because that’s the only way to survive, often end up miserable in their jobs – because their hearts just aren’t in it. Sawaya encourages people to follow their dreams, whatever those might be.

Mind works

Mind works

The exhibition ranges from pretty ordinary objects made from lego, like this cello:

Cello

Cello

to far more existentialist pieces like these:

Lost boy?

Lost boy?

Nightmare - losing one's hands

Nightmare – losing one’s hands

Off his head?

Off his head?

There is a whole room dedicated to existing art works, like Munch’s The Scream and my namesake, da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. My photographs of these didn’t do them justice though. There is also an amazing portrait gallery, with portraits of Bob Dylan, Janice Joplin, Andy Warhol and even Mickey Mouse. I also loved the classics – roman and greek buildings and sculptures. And all of it made entirely from lego bricks.

Giant red face

Giant red face

Sawaya’s message is that art is essential. I agree entirely. I believe that we are all creative beings, and that somewhere along the line, school and parents and life’s demands shut down that special something in us which is desperate to create. I don’t believe this means that we all need to be regular artists – but some people make amazing cakes, and some of us create masterpieces with a needle and wool, others use their green fingers to make beautiful gardens and when you look at some people, their entire being is an artistic expression. I love it. I love finding beauty in the mundane and to me, life is art.

Peekaboo!

Peekaboo!

Sing!

Sing!

Deconstruction

Deconstruction

Hang in there. My daughter loved the way the shadow looks slumped forward, unlike the actual sculpture.

Hang in there. My daughter loved the way the shadow looks slumped forward, unlike the actual sculpture.

Holding back

Holding back

The exhibition is on in Rosebank until early August, and tickets are around R140 for adults, R95 for children. There is a family of four special of R400. We all enjoyed the interactive part at the end, with loads of lego bricks for every budding artist. My youngest was a little grumpy that I wouldn’t let her play on the playstation lego games, demanding instead that she create. It didn’t take long before she was spelling out Harry Styles in lego bricks. They also have a great shop, where you can buy postcards, t-shirts, mugs or posters with pictures of the artworks or with quotes by Nathan Sawaya. Everything is awesome indeed!

T-Rex

T-Rex

The swimmer - one of my favourite pieces.

The swimmer – one of my favourite pieces.

Ladder

Ladder

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