My family and I recently visited 'The Art
of the Brick' exhibition which is currently on show in Cape Town. The
exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya is unique in that it's constructed
completely from Lego blocks!
There's a short film as you enter the exhibition, where Sawaya tells the
compelling story of his journey from an unhappy lawyer to an inspired and
celebrated artist with his work from Lego blocks. He speaks about believing in
yourself and doing the things that you love, " art is necessary."
My wife and I enjoyed the sentiment within some of the work, especial the piece
'step ladder', where a figures arms extend into a ladder that they are also
climbing. The quote by Sawaya, next to the artwork reads "Sometimes when
you're looking for a step up, you don't have to look any further than yourself.
Were all capable of more than we think." A lot of the exhibits are
supported by Sawayas inspirational words, helping give depth to the exhibition.
Then there's his reworking of some of the worlds most famous pieces of art
including Gustav Klimts Kiss, Edvard Munch's The Scream, Grant Wood's American
Gothic and even the Bayeux Tapestry's among many others. What makes these so
interesting (apart from the fact their made completely from Lego) is that
Sawaya has taken a 2D painting and made it into a 3D work of art. You can look
around the side and back of many of the pieces. I also really enjoyed the life
size re working of famous sculptures including the Venus de Milo. The scale of
these brings a real wow factor as does the exhibitions crescendo, a very cool
dinosaur made from over 80000 pieces of Lego. My one year old son's favorite!
I can highly recommend the exhibition which for us was a fantastic day out and
a super way for kids to also appreciate art.
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