The Art of the Brick

Art of The Brick - Entrance

The Art of the Brick presents a stunning collection of brick creations by Nathan Sawaya, famed LEGO artist (and LEGO Master Builder) from New York. Staged at the Level 3 Galleries in the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Sawaya’s creations dance between thought-provoking sculptures with the playful medium of colourful LEGO bricks.

This exhibition spans the entire third level of the ArtScience Museum. Being a LEGO fan – or more accurately, I was crazy over MINDSTORMS years ago – I couldn’t miss this. Sawaya’s works go beyond the common use of LEGO (“Miniland” zones at Legoland). Recreating cities and buildings? So arbitrary and bland.

Art of The Brick - Hands

Art of The Brick - Swimmer

Art of The Brick - Face

Art of The Brick - Yellow
Yellow – The most iconic sculpture (and overused in marketing materials, I must say).

Art of The Brick - Yellow detail

Art of The Brick - construction
In each room, there’s a small station depicting Sawaya’s construction process. This is the first one, showing loose LEGO bricks.

Art of The Brick - Nathan Sawaya quote

Art of the Brick - Peace

Art of The Brick - Peace detail

Art of The Brick - Rain

Art of The Brick - Rain 3D

The raindrops are actually 3D.

Art of The Brick - Rain DIY
Conveniently located beside Rain – Make your own rain!

Art of The Brick - Making Rain

Art of The Brick - Blue Guy Sitting
Blue Guy Sitting

Art of The Brick - Blue Guy Sitting 2

Art of The Brick - An Artist's View
An Artist’s View

Art of The Brick - An Artist's View
An Artist’s View – yep, even the painting is made from bricks.

Art of The Brick - The Red One

Art of The Brick - Green
The next room is known as The Catwalk, with human figures, typical catwalk music and strobe lighting.

Art of The Brick - Disintegrate

Art of The Brick - The Thinker
The Thinker

Art of The Brick - Circle

Art of The Brick - Square

Art of The Brick - Empty

Art of The Brick - Catwalk

Art of The Brick - Gallery

After the Catwalk is a brighter space, showcasing 2D LEGO portraits, including a few of Sawaya’s girlfriend. There are also a few interactive booths

Art of The Brick - Sing


Art of The Brick - Pencil Fun

Art of The Brick - Parthenon

Art of The Brick - Pencil 2

Art of The Brick - Emotion Box
The Emotion Box is deadly silent and dim. The use of fog here (which totally smells like the one used for Halloween Horror Nights) adds to the overall creepiness.

Art of The Brick - Grasp

Art of The Brick - Ascension

Art of The Brick - Climb

Art of The Brick - The Wall

Art of The Brick - Check the Skull

Security guards checking the Blue Skull, comparing it with a photo in a catalogue. Seems like a tiny part is off or something.

Art of The Brick - Mask dramatic
Mask – dramatically unmasked.

Art of The Brick - T-Rex Skeleton
The largest showcase – a stunning LEGO skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. It’s so big that it does not stand on its own (unlike most of the other sculptures) and has to be supported with wires.

Art of The Brick - T-Rex Head

Art of The Brick - Tail detail

Art of The Brick - ArtScience Museum
Lastly, the ArtScience Museum in LEGO form. This is one of the newly commissioned work at the Museum.

Art of The Brick - Carpet of Colours
The last area of the exhibition (before the souvenir store) is the Play and Build zone where there are several tables, with boxes of LEGO bricks and brick mats.

ArtScience Museum Entrance

It’s a magical experience to step into Nathan Sawaya’s transformative world of bricks. It would take about slightly more than an hour to walk through this exhibition, and if you stay at the interactive zones, possibly hours.

The Art of the Brick is now showing in the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands from now till 14 April 2013.

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4 Responses to The Art of the Brick

  1. Luke February 22, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    I visited the exhibition immediately after coming back to Singapore!

    I have been a fan of Lego since very young. I remember that my favorite set is the one with four brick insects.
    But since I am here and I move a lot, I can not buy too many Lego toys as they are a bit hard to carry around….

    • Dejiki February 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

      I’m a fan of Lego too, although I only had one set when I was young. It was a helicopter. I modified it into some sort of sea-plane, I think 😀

      After that one set, I didn’t touch Lego until secondary school – I joined my school’s robotics club. It was fun as I had several Mindstorms set to play and program with.

      Well, the good thing about LEGO is that you can always dismantle it! Can you leave your things in KE7 during vacation, or you have to leave?

      Also, have you been to Legoland Malaysia yet?

      • Luke February 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

        If I could find a box for the bricks then it won’t be that troublesome.
        The Lego head container seems to work.

        I can leave things in my hall with a weekly charge. But that’s not what worries me. I have moved over 5 times since I came to the country. I just hate moving….because I bought a lot of toys , CDs, movies and games….

        I have not been to Legoland.
        We did plan to go during recess but one of my friends got really ill…

  2. Wee-Sen February 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    It was a terrific experience. Especially now that I am building my own models using nanoblock. I really like his more abstract pieces involving the human body as well as recreated paintings. Think the interactive portrait photo brick transformer where the software transforms your face portrait to a “legolised” version was most intriguing.

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