Lego artworks at The Art Of The Brick

SINGAPORE - Skulls, skeletons and a faceless figure are not what one would expect to see at a Lego-themed exhibition, but in The Art Of The Brick, be prepared to challenge your notions of Lego as child's play.

Exhibiting for the first time in South-east Asia, New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya is the man behind 52 thought-provoking Lego artworks.

While he creates pleasing reproductions of everyday objects such as fruits and furniture as well as portraits of celebrities such as Jimi Hendrix using Lego, his most famous works are sculptures that depict human forms.

Cited as one of CNN's 12 Must-see Exhibitions, The Art Of The Brick has also been exhibited worldwide in famous locations such as the Art and Culture Center in Hollywood and the Spot Gallery in Paris.

The artist's current favourite subject is the human form in transition.

He says: "It represents the metamorphoses I am experiencing in my own life. My figures grow out of my fears and accomplishments, as a lawyer and as an artist, as a boy and as a man."

Visitors will get to explore eight themes neatly divided into eight galleries.

Explaining his choice of Lego bricks for artistic expression, the 39-year-old American says: "I use Lego bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people's reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home."

He owns more than 2.5 million coloured bricks in his New York art studio, which he says he bought just like everyone else.

In conjunction with the launch of the exhibition, Sawaya has also been commissioned to build a Lego sculpture of the iconic ArtScience museum.

The 15,999 brick artwork can be viewed in the last gallery of the exhibition.

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Where: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands

When: Till April 14 next year, 10am to 10pm daily Admission: $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for children (Singapore residents); $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and $9 for children (non-residents)at the museum door, Marina Bay Sands website (www.marinabaysands. com/Singapore-Museum/ Ticketing/) or Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg).


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