Get ready, San Francisco, because we’re getting treated to an art exhibition of epic proportions! The Art of the Brick is the world’s most popular display of LEGO® art, and it’s on display in San Francisco through September 5. Be sure to catch the stunning installation before it ends in a few short weeks.
Artist Nathan Sawaya’s collection showcases over 70 unbelievably intricate sculptures made from more than a million of the famous tiny bricks, including a 20-foot T. rex and Michelangelo’s David. This display was rated by CNN as one of the world’s “Must-See Exhibitions,” having impressed over 7 million people globally! The creations are especially magnificent within the gorgeous Pantheon-inspired Savings Union Bank building in San Francisco.
Nathan Sawaya is an award-winning LEGO artist who has taken this classic children’s toy to an entirely new level. This extraordinary exhibition of his work will showcase everything from playful, colorful animals to reimaginings of famous works of art. Walk alongside an enormous T. rex made from 80,000 bricks and marvel at it from every angle. Or browse a gallery with LEGO Brick versions of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Michelangelo’s David, and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, almost all of which are to scale with their original versions. This exhibition of Sawaya’s sculptures is also accompanied by a collection of LEGO-infused photographs from award-winning photographer Dean West.
Other creations include numerous studies of the human form in various active positions, bringing a striking kinetic energy and liveliness to the sculptures. The most famous of these is Yellow, depicting a yellow man ripping his chest open, with LEGO pieces spilling out. This piece was even featured in Lady Gaga’s music video “G.U.Y.” See all of these fascinating creations and more, as new never-before-seen sculptures have been revealed in San Francisco!
Many of Sawaya’s human-sized sculptures take 15,000-20,000 pieces and 2-4 weeks to build. Yes, these are the exact same LEGO Bricks you can buy in stores – and he has nearly 7 million of them in his collection!
Sawaya’s work is the first to present LEGO bricks exclusively as an art medium, and his diligent, meticulous treatment of the famous toys brings an entirely new perspective to an ordinary object. See them reimagined as a dynamic, expressive art form that has certainly earned its place in the world of contemporary art. Many pieces appear to defy the laws of physics by depicting billowing fabric, detailed muscle, and other organic shapes.
San Francisco is hosting The Art of the Brick at the Union Savings Bank at 1 Grant Ave, an absolutely magnificent building between Union Square and Yerba Buena Gardens. It’s an official SF landmark complete with a large concrete dome and magnificent bronze doors. This Pantheon-inspired building is an appropriate exhibition space for a collection as spectacular as Sawaya’s.
This all-ages event is absolutely not to be missed, and it’s closing soon!