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.
Yellow – The most iconic sculpture (and overused in marketing materials, I must say).
In each room, there’s a small station depicting Sawaya’s construction process. This is the first one, showing loose LEGO bricks.
The raindrops are actually 3D.
Conveniently located beside Rain – Make your own rain!
Blue Guy Sitting
An Artist’s View
An Artist’s View – yep, even the painting is made from bricks.
The next room is known as The Catwalk, with human figures, typical catwalk music and strobe lighting.
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
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.
Security guards checking the Blue Skull, comparing it with a photo in a catalogue. Seems like a tiny part is off or something.
Mask – dramatically unmasked.
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.
Lastly, the ArtScience Museum in LEGO form. This is one of the newly commissioned work at the Museum.
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.
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.Subscribe to Dejiki.com or Like my Facebook page for notifications of updates.