Nathan Sawaya’s ‘The Art of the Brick’ collection utilizes over a million LEGO bricks

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When it comes to LEGO, we have been witness to quite a few innovations – be it in the realm of fantastical spectacles or in the avenue of medical conscientiousness. But this time around, LEGO makes way for pure and unadulterated art – and the glorious end result is the aptly named ‘The Art of the Brick‘ by Nathan Sawaya, a New York-based contemporary artist.

Currently exhibited at Philadelphia’s The Franklin Institute, the collection boasts of over 100 creations, with the cumulative art built from an astronomical million LEGO bricks. This imposing scope translates into eight different section – all bedecked with wondrous creations by Sawaya. These range from incredible (and rather large-scaled) replicas of renowned sculptural pieces like David and The Thinker to the re-creations of even paintings like Mona Lisa (by Leonardo da Vinci) and Starry Night (Vincent Van Gogh). But the ‘piece de resistance’ in terms of size is arguably the 20-ft tall Tyrannosaurus Rex – made from over a whopping 80,000 LEGO bricks!

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And in case you are interested, Sawaya was also responsible for the LEGO Oscar Awards that have been making the news rounds in the realm of the internet. As a matter of fact, the plastic Oscar was already gifted to The LEGO Movie co-director Philip Lord during an event last month. Yes, a fake Oscar for an Oscar snub!

As for the Art of the Brick exhibition at The Franklin Institute museum, it will take place from Feb 7 to Sept 6. So, be sure to catch the monumental and rather vibrant ambit of LEGO art, if you are in the vicinity of Philly.

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