a new york artist inspires singapore with lego art


As part of the huge Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore, the world’s first ArtScience Museum was built, where “the creative processes at the heart of art and science and their role in shaping society are explored.” Featuring 21 gallery spaces totaling 50,000 square feet, the iconic lotus-inspired ArtScience Museum has become Singapore’s premier venue for major international touring exhibitions.

While there, I was fortunate to have the chance to see an exhibit that CNN dubbed one of its top “must see exhibitions”: The Art of the Brick® [17 November 2012 – 14 April 2013]. I always loved LEGOs® as a child, but my creations topped out at small houses and towers. This exhibit takes the use of LEGOs® to a whole new level, using them as a new medium of artistic expression, thanks to New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya. The creations, constructed from nearly one million pieces, were built from standard bricks beginning as early as 2002.

According to Sawaya’s site www.brickartist.com and the exhibit information from the ArtScience Museum of Singapore, the Art of the Brick® museum shows are currently touring North America, Asia and Australia. These are the first major museum exhibitions to focus exclusively on the use of the popular toy LEGO® bricks as an art medium.

Sawaya has created four unique exhibitions created solely from standard LEGO® bricks with several new sculptures created specifically for each exhibition. Each show has nearly one million colorful LEGO® pieces transformed into whimsical and awe-inspiring creations. Sawaya’s ability to transform this common toy into something meaningful, his devotion to spatial perfection and the way he conceptualizes action, enables him to elevate what almost every child has played with into the status of fine art.

“These works are very personal to me, since they reflect my growth as an artist as I strove to discover my creative identity,” said Sawaya. “The museum exhibition is accessible because it engages the child in all of us while simultaneously illuminating sophisticated and complex concepts. Everyone can relate to the medium since it is a toy that many children have at home. But I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before.”

If you are traveling to Singapore before April 2013, be sure to catch this exhibit. Otherwise check the exhibit website for dates in other cities. It is definitely an exhibit not to be missed.