Elaborate NY LEGO Exhibit Inspired by Famous Masterpieces

We were very excited to hear about The Art of the Brick, the world’s most elaborate LEGO display at Discovery Times Square New York Museum. Now that it’s here, it’s beyond what we even imagined! Inspired by many famous artists throughout history, LEGO master Nathan Sawaya has reproduced a collection of masterpieces using only the small, colorful brick toys. The show features work by Leonardo da Vinci, Edvard Munch, Johannes Vermeer, and even a small-scale replica of the Sphinx in Egypt. The show is filled with an impressive display of details that seem almost impossible to obtain when using only simple, rectangular objects.

Sawaya’s reinterpretations are composed of thousands of LEGOs that he glues together, piece by piece: the Mona Lisa includes 4,573 bricks, Rodin’s Thinker has 4,332 pieces; and most grand of all, a large-scale dinosaur consisting of 80,020 pieces stretches across the middle of the room. Another prominent piece is Whistler’s Mother, a three dimensional interpretation of the notable painting by James Whistler. “I wanted to give her that very puritanical look, so that when you look at her face you'll see her expression is a bit stern. But I thought that was appropriate,” Sawaya explained.

Nathan Sawaya’s website
Discovery Times Square website
via [Redesign Revolution], [The Impractical Thirtysomething], [NY Times]

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