As one of his birthday presents, The Bug got tickets for all of us to visit the Mansfield Art Center to see Nathan Sawaya‘s The Art of the Brick exhibit. If you’re not familiar with Nathan’s work, he’s a fomer-lawyer-turned-full-time-artist who works in the medium of Lego to create large-scale, life-size sculptures.
It was super fun to take the kids to check out his work. As a kid, my family was really good about exposing me to all kinds of artistic and cultural experiences — art, music, theater — and it’s been really fun to share those kinds of things with my kids as well. This was the perfect exhibit for them because it’s all in a medium they’re familiar with and can relate to. It really inspired them to come home and try building with their Lego in a little bit of a different way.
The Bug with the life-sized Lego Nathan Sawaya
The Monkey interprets Sawaya’s work
The Bean’s interpretation
My favorite part of the exhibit was the section titled In Pieces where Nathan collaborated with photographer Dean West to create images of Lego creations set within real-life scenes. The way they arranged them was really cool, displaying the actual Lego sculpture in the museum next to the photographic collaboration so you could view both at once. I think my favorite was piece was Umbrella. Or Hotel. Or, or…they were all really amazing.
After we toured the art center inside, they had a tent full of Lego set up outside for the kids to go out and build whatever they wanted. Of course my kids were all over that! The Bug has always been a HUGE Lego fan, and it’s been really interesting to watch him grow and develop his imagination and his own unique style. He’s becoming a master at creating 2D Lego art, which I think is really creative…it’s almost like real-life pixel art. It’s been cool to see what he’s come up with.