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Hitting Australian shores for the first time, New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya transforms those tiny colorful pieces of plastic into incredibly fascinating pieces of art. Sawaya’s exhibition uses LEGO as the sole art medium featuring primarily 3-dimensional sculptures and oversized portraits.

“I use LEGO bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. Everyone can relate to LEGO since it is a toy that many children have at home and one that adults have a sentimental attachment to.

I elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before. I also appreciate the cleanliness of the medium; the right angles, the distinct lines. As so often in life, it is a matter of perspective. Up close, the shape of the brick is distinctive. But from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines change to curves,” explains Sawaya. 

“I love meeting people from around the world and seeing their surprise at just what is possible with LEGO, Australia has always been on my radar so I am very excited about the Melbourne exhibition,” said Sawaya about his upcoming feature at Federation Square.

Head down to Federation Square and see these masterpieces for yourself and change everything you thought you knew about LEGO.

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The Art of the Brick details

Swanston St, Melbourne 3000

Telephone 03 9655 1900

Nearby Stations: Flinders Street

Price $12.50 to $15.00

Date 02 Jun 2011-30 Sep 2011

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