A ticket to The Art of the Brick exhibition, currently in London, was my birthday present from my daughter.
Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist and has created fabulous works of art with Lego bricks. His work is obsessively and painstakingly crafted and includes pieces from his own imagination in addition to representations of well known works of art. Over a million bricks have been used to create the pieces and you can only marvel at his patience in building them.
My photos give an idea of what they pieces were like, some more successfully than others. The exhibition space has black walls, a black floor and a black ceiling, and the pieces were lit by spotlights. We were not allowed to use flash, so my poor camera had a bit of an uphill struggle (I know, a bad workman blames his tools…) to capture everything clearly and sharply.
The first part of the exhibition was full of well known works – click on any photo to start a slideshow.
Although I admired the large sculptures, I think my favourites in that section were the paintings.
On to the next section of the exhibition now –
The pictures which follow were very clever, sort of optical illusions – when I looked at the first picture on the wall, I couldn’t work out who/what it was, but as soon as I held up my camera to take a photo, and saw it on the display screen, it became clear.
It was an amazing exhibition and at the end of it there was a room with lots of Lego in it so that you could try to build a masterpiece of your own, except I didn’t have the time as we had a lunch booking at a restaurant which overlooks St Paul’s Cathedral. Of course no exibition is complete without the gift shop which encouraged you to part with your hard earned £££££ on the way out. I was very good and only bought a keyring!
It was an excellent birthday outing!