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You could not possibly count the bricks used in one of Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO artworks. Even the smallest art pieces showing in The Art of the Brick, which opened this summer at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, are built with thousands of bricks—using only the colours available in store-bought LEGO kits. Some of the life-size bodies are made with over 20,000 pieces. The dinosaur pictured here uses an impressive 80,020 pieces!
In this exhibition, ex-corporate lawyer Nathan Sawaya works LEGO into art masterpieces—both original works and remixes of the world’s most famous like Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Made exclusively from LEGO bricks, Saway takes this child’s toy into a highly sophisticated art form. His Art of the Brick exhibition is the world’s largest display of LEGO art, showcasing unbelievable designs and a remarkable amount of creativity.
In one section of the exhibition, visitors get to see a series of collaborations with award-winning photographer Dean West, whose multimedia collection of LEGO-infused photography includes props designed by Nathan Sawaya.
What a strange exhibition this is in the first place—however it’s quite a pleasure to see in person.
The Art of the Brick is showing at the Canada Science and Technology Museum (1867 St. Laurent Blvd) until September 3, 2018. Tickets to the special exhibition cost $4–22 at box office. Last entry is at 3:45pm and the Museum is open until 5pm seven days a week.