At the beginning of March, we went to see the Art of the Brick exhibition by Nathan Sawaya at the Old Truman Brewery. It’s in a great location to explore some of the quirkiest parts of London and has universal appeal. His sculptures in some instances are conceptual, whereas others are excellent copies of real works of art.
Nathan Sawaya, a Canadian artist, practised law in New York City until he decided he’d had enough of the rat race. In 2004, he left the firm he was working for, in pursuit of a more creative career and began using Lego as his medium.
From a young age he had always been fascinated by Lego and now creates recognisable installations (from life-size dinosaurs to world-famous renaissance works) and sculptures referencing his own life experiences.
The Art of the Brick exhibition at The Old Truman Brewery is his first solo exhibition in the UK and is the first exhibition worldwide to feature installations made solely from Lego bricks.
The exhibition features over 80 sculptures created from more than a million individual pieces of Lego, with the more sophisticated pieces towards the end. Nathan describes the grey sculpture below as his “worst nightmare”, as without his hands, he would be out of a job.
Each piece tells a different story, whether it be about early discoveries such as technology and the solar system, to Nathan’s own personal discovery and journey to becoming a critically acclaimed artist.
The exhibition is open until 1st April and is suitable for all ages. We don’t want to give too much away, but if you do visit, let us know what you think in the comments! There are so many galleries in Shoreditch, so why not make a day of it?