Nanoblock art by Christopher Tan

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Star Wars BB8

See an amazing collection of brick artwork designed by Christopher Tan, world-renowned nanoblock artist.

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore at Liang Court

Showing at Liang Court for just two days, this is the largest nanoblock exhibition in Singapore, with over 100 creations on display. There is a great variety of ‘nanoblock-ed’ characters from famous films and cartoons, along with a Star Wars collection that would probably gather the most interest.

Nanoblock Art Exhibition – Works by Christopher Tan
Liang Court, Level 1 Atrium
21 – 22 November 2015
11:00am – 9:00pm

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Toy Story characters, Mr and Mrs Potato Head, Hamm and Rex

Made by toy company Kawada, nanoblocks are like LEGO, except that the pieces are much smaller in scale. This means that builds can be more intricate and detailed. The best part is they don’t take up as much space as LEGO, and because of the style of the common bricks, the finished objects often look like pixel art. Similar to LEGO, there are original kits with instructions and ‘DIY’ kits – and you’re not limited to following instructions (though that can be fun as well). Many people buy sets just for the bricks.

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Disney Pixar UP / Carl and Dug

Chris Tan is probably the most well-known nanoblock artist, having earned international recognition for his designs and even the status of 達人 (tatsujin), or Master (of nanoblock). His original designs are often bootlegged by nanoblock clone manufacturers (those ‘LOZ’ kits) without his knowledge.

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Disney Pixar Wall-E

While I do have some sets of my own, I’ve not ventured into building original designs yet. Maybe nano-USS? Like LEGO, you can buy nanoblock sets and just follow the clear, though sometimes eyesight-killing, instructions. It’s a tedious task requiring precision and patience.

I was speedbuilding quite aggressively for some months last year – to the extent of 3-4 kits over a weekend or completing a deluxe set (some 1000-2000+ bricks) in a day. Then some things happened at work and I didn’t have the time for all my hobbies – You see, I chose write.

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Anger, Groot

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Sesame Street, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Grover

And because I don’t have space to display them, I had to disassemble everything after admiring them on my desk for a few weeks. Even tearing things down takes hours. The good news (if it even counts) is that I did plan to write about the nanoblock experience. Photos were taken during ‘construction’ and the entries were meant to be reviews of the different kits. Perhaps I’ll post them up someday.

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - LINE Brown

So Chris Tan definitely has my respect for having the passion to design and build his iconic designs… and keeping them still built.

Enjoy the photos!

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - M.C. Escher Impossible Staircase

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Bento

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Theme park, roller coaster and ferris wheel

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Snowman

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Visitors at the Star Wars / Apple collection

There’s a Star Wars and Apple collection.

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - STAR WARS Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - STAR WARS Stormtrooper

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - STAR WARS BB8, Mini R2-D2 and C-3PO

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - STAR WARS R2-D2

R2-D2. Looks a lot better than the official LEGO kit.

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - STAR WARS Princess Leia mini

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - STAR WARS Han Solo in carbonite

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - STAR WARS Yoda and lightbulb

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Apple Store

It’s the Fifth Avenue Apple Store! Glass Spiral Staircase included.

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Apple Store 2

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Apple Watch

A gigantic Apple Watch, one of the few things that’s scaled larger than ‘nano’-ed.

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Apple Watch back

It even has the Heart rate sensor at the back.

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Shogun

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Japanese doll setting

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Tap with water, overflowing cup

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Great Wall of China

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Street shops

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Street shops 2

Christopher Tan nanoblock art exhibition in Singapore - Street shops, girl looking at Nanoblocks

Nanoblock Art Exhibition – Works by Christopher Tan

Liang Court, Level 1 Atrium
21 – 22 November 2015
11:00am – 9:00pm

For more information about Christopher Tan and his works, visit his website.


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