The global sensation The Art of the Brick is coming to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science from June 19, 2020 to January 24, 2021. This will be the first time the exhibition will be in Denver, Colorado. The Art of the Brick is a global touring exhibition rated by CNN as one of the world’s must see exhibitions. Nathan is also the consulting producer for the upcoming U.S. version of the LEGO Masters television show. Details on both events below.
Nathan has taken LEGO bricks from beloved toys to artistic marvels in the exhibition. His original artworks and his reimagined versions of famous masterpieces from art and culture, such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night and the Venus de Milo will wow guests. Nathan has multiple unique exhibitions created solely from standard LEGO bricks often with several new sculptures created specifically for each exhibition.
The experience also showcases a collection of LEGO-infused hyper-realistic photography from Nathan’s innovative collaboration with award-winning photographer Dean West. From fan favorite Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from his chest, to a T. Rex skeleton made out of 80,000 LEGO bricks, guests will be inspired by how the power of imagination and creativity can build endless possibilities. Guests of all ages will also put their own ingenuity to work in an area filled with LEGO bricks and many opportunities for building challenges and interactive play.
To celebrate the upcoming event, the museum is also running a special LEGO brick building contest for local youth, and the winning creations will be displayed with this blockbuster exhibition. The required theme is nature and science. If you live in the area and would like to enter, you can read the rules and regulations, complete the registration form, and send a photo of your artwork following the directions on this page: THE ART OF THE BRICK CONTEST ENTRY FORM
Previously an NYC corporate lawyer, Nathan is the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world. He earned a top position in the world of contemporary art and created a new dimension by merging pop art and surrealism in awe-inspiring and groundbreaking ways. His art consists of playing with the material, color, movement, light, and perspective. His unique exhibition is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on LEGO as an art medium and has broken attendance records around the globe. The creations, constructed from countless individual LEGO pieces, were built from standard bricks beginning as early as 2002.
Nathan is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, recognizing his artwork and cultural achievements. In 2014, with the belief that art is not optional, Sawaya founded The Art Revolution Foundation for the purpose of making art a priority in our schools and our homes. He has been a speaker at Google Zeitgeist, TEDx, Yahoo!, and numerous universities. Nathan is also a bestselling author. His book, The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO is intimate, delightful, and uplifting with just the right balance between stories and pictures. I highly recommend it. You can read my full review of the book here, and check it out on Amazon: THE ART OF THE BRICK BY NATHAN SAWAYA
Nathan was also recently interviewed by both Brickset and the Brothers-Brick where he talks about his work and his involvement with the LEGO Masters television show. Just like in his book, Nathan is open and personal and shares some insightful details. You can read the interviews by clicking on the links above. And you can also learn more about Nathan at his website at NathanSawaya.com.
So, if you’re in the Denver area at the above mentioned dates, consider visiting the exhibit. It’s totally worth experiencing at least once. What do you think? Have you participated in the Art of the Brick exhibit before? Feel free to share your thoughts and reviews in the comment section below!
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