‘The Art of the Brick’ exhibit opens in Boston

BOSTON – Can a child’s toy inspire great art?

One man set out to find the answer. LEGOS have been around since 1949 and first sold in the U.S. in 1962.

In the exhibit “The Art of the Brick,” you can discover more than one million LEGO bricks transformed into more than 70 sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya. This critically acclaimed collection includes Sawaya’s original sculptures as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world’s most famous art masterpieces, such as Michelangelo’s David, Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

A 20-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton is part of “The Art of The Brick.”

Other highlights include a 20-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick-infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West. The exhibition has been seen by over 7 million people worldwide.

Sawaya is an award-winning artist who creates awe-inspiring works of art out of some of the most unlikely things. His global touring exhibitions, “The Art of the Brick,” feature large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks: LEGO® bricks to be exact. His work is obsessively and painstakingly crafted and is both beautiful and playful.

At a recent reception to open his exhibition, Sawaya described his exhibit as “very accessible. We can all connect with it.”

He said his work has been a “passion” for 15 years and that the material he uses “has sharp corners that blend into curves.”

“The role of the artist is to inspire,” he said.

A reproduction of “The Thinker” made of LEGOs.

Sawaya has earned a top position in the world of contemporary art and has created a new dimension by merging Pop Art and Surrealism in awe inspiring and ground breaking ways. His art consists of playing with the material, color, movement, light and perspective.

Practical Info

Location: 343 Newbury St. Boston, MA 02115

Times: Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 6pm (last ticket time 5 pm)
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm (last ticket time 7 pm)

Duration: The visit will take around 30-60 minutes

Age requirement: All ages are welcome!

Price: Adults starting at $28 and children starting at $24

More information: artofthebrickexhibit.com