As kids, we all thought we were making great art when playing with our LEGOs. Nathan Sawaya has taken it to another level.
“The Art of the Brick,” Sawaya’s critically acclaimed exhibition featuring over 70 works of art made exclusively with LEGO bricks will make its San Francisco debut in December at the historic 1 Grant Avenue, a short walk away from the Four Seasons.
The collection will feature original pieces and well as reimagined interpretations of some of the world’s most famous masterpieces, including Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. It is the first major exhibition to use LEGO bricks – one of the most recognizable toys in the world – as the sole art medium.
“’The Art of the Brick’ takes LEGO somewhere you wouldn’t expect and shows you things you have never seen before,” said Sawaya, a former New York City corporate lawyer turned contemporary artist. “The goal with this collection of art is to demonstrate the potential of imagination and the power of creativity.”
Among the exhibit’s other highlights are a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur and fan-favorite Yellow, a sculpture depicting a man ripping his chest open as thousands of yellow LEGO bricks spill from the cavity.
“The Art of the Brick” has been seen by more than 7 million people worldwide. It has been exhibited in more than 100 cities in 24 countries across six continents, but had never been previously presented in the Bay Area.
“We’ve wanted to bring this exhibition to San Francisco for a long time and have been waiting patiently for the right location,” Sawaya said. “We’re so excited to stage ‘The Art of the Brick’ at 1 Grant – the building has such a rich history of entertaining people in a unique way and it is just the perfect placed to make our Bay Area debut.”
Adult ticket prices start at $29 and are available starting Nov. 4. For more information, visit artofthebrickexhibit.com.