The Art of the Brick

The Art of the Brick

A Life in LEGO

Book - 2015
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Nathan Sawaya is renowned for his incredible, sometimes surreal, sculptures and portraits all made from LEGO bricks. The Art of the Brick is a stunning, full-color showcase of the work that has made Sawaya the world s most famous LEGO artist. Featuring hundreds of photos of his impressive art and behind-the-scenes details about how these creations came to be, The Art of the Brick is an inside look at how Sawaya transformed a toy into an art form. Follow one man s unique obsession and see the amazing places it has taken him.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : No Starch Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9781593275884
Branch Call Number: 731.2 SAW NVD
Characteristics: 247 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm

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LydiatheLibrarian Aug 03, 2015

Nathan Sawaya takes a pile of Legos and then creates stunning masterpieces. From original works such as a sculpture of a man breaking away from the negativity surrounding him to a bust of Stephen Colbert, one is left awestruck. Short "back stories" accompany each of the 43 art pieces in the book and leaves one appreciating Sawaya's creativity all the more.

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mmcbeth29
Mar 11, 2015

"ART IS NOT OPTIONAL" This is how Nathan Sawaya begins his story. This book is about a man who dropped a career as a lawyer to reinvent himself as an artist. But not just any artist. He became the first LEGO artist. He received a lot of flak from peers. He even received flak from LEGO. But he quickly won people over once they saw what he was doing. And what he does is incredible. It is art in a form that makes your jaw drop and makes you whisper behind your hand, "How does he do that?"

This book is not just an art book. It is also the story of how Nathan Sawaya changed his life through art. He talks about how some of his art pieces came to be (both the trials and the triumphs). He shows the progression of a piece from start to finish. My favorite part of his life is when he was standing next to President Clinton and a little boy calls out, "I want to get my picture with you." The president thinks the little boy means with him but the boy replies to the president, "No, not you! With the LEGO guy!"

I never thought LEGO art could be infused with emotions, but Sawaya does just that with his work and tells these stories throughout the book. This book is recommended for ages 9 and up. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves LEGOs or loves art. You will want to look at the pictures over and over and over again.

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