The Art of The Brick by Nathan Sawaya

Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, CA

Last month, while driving north on Interstate 5 in Northern California, I looked up and the saw the billboard for the Turtle Bay Exploration Park and The Art of the Brick exhibit by Nathan Sawaya. The park is a wonderful way to enjoy a sunny California day and includes the Sundial Bridge. I will be posting more about those other awesome parts of the park in a future blog post.

I had heard of this amazing artist back when I was in art school and at that time (years ago) he only had exhibits in Chicago and New York. I had been fascinated by his story back then. He was an Attorney that had an Artist deep within himself that wanted to come out. These first shots are part of his story. He created a life-size replica of himself and it’s awesome. The life-size figures are not hollow and can be commissioned for upwards of $90,000 if you’re interested.

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I loved this series because I relate to it a lot. I feel like I have an artist within myself that is striving to come out and find it’s place in my life. I have been documenting our lives and the fascinating stuff around us for over 20 years. I love to create photographs that capture the moments in our lives that pass by far too quickly. The majority of my images are candidly posed. That means that I see a prefect opportunity for a great shot and I then put everyone into position to make it even better. I am a planner and organizer but also an artist. Nathan Sawaya was an attorney that was unhappy in his career choice and wanted to tap into his inner artist. I feel that the artist within me has blossomed over the last year or so. I have been working more on learning my equipment and crafting my posing skills than ever before. I now have the equipment that I feel makes an artist/photographer the best they can be.  The image above where the man is breaking thru the curtain is the best representation of my life this past 12 months. I have broken through the curtain to experience a clearer understanding of my dreams and my abilities. The future is bright for me and I’m fully engaged with it. I found an interesting article here by Elijah David Love about “the artist within”

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The pieces in this exhibit are amazing. The time that is put into each piece is evident and comprehendible. The museum curator came by and was telling us that Nathan Sawaya builds everything from scratch and glues the pieces together so that they can withstand travel across the country for different exhibits. The pieces above are part of a series he’s done with Photographer Dean West called “In Pieces” where they combine a lego art piece and photography. Pretty cool stuff. My favorite individual piece was this red dress. In the exhibit display, fish line is dangling from the ceiling and holding individual picas of legos so that they look like they are flying off the dress just like in the image created by Dean West. One of the other museum curators was untangling them after a class of 3rd graders had just come through. Not everyone kept their hands in their pockets.

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6 Comments

  1. Amanda said:
    "Very interesting! I love seeing things that I would never other wise get a chance to go and see!!! Thanks for sharing!"
  2. tanja said:
    "Cool! Your blog surprised me, haha. :)"
  3. Karen Schwager said:
    "is artworks are stunning in imagination, creativity and unique medium of expression. The pics capture that beautifully. Thank you for sharing this with us. We juist never know what you'll come up with next!"
  4. Ray said:
    "Those are wicked! :D"
  5. Katie Jackson said:
    "Wow! It is amazing what people can do with legos! These are awesome images!"