Monday, September 25, 2017

My Kind of Art

I'd like more art in my life. More color. More texture. More . . . LEGO?

Yes, you read that right. LEGO. 

My husband and I recently attended The Art of the Brick exhibit by LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya, and we were totally blown away. Who knew you could do all of the following - and much, much more! - with LEGO?

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Made up of almost 4,000 pieces, this is Sawaya's Lego version of Munch's The Scream. (Hmm, this looks a lot like me on a bad writing day.



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Speaking of writing, this next one is called Writer and is made up of about 3,000 pieces.




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At 80,000 pieces, Dinosaur Skeleton is, according to Sawaya, "...one of the largest sculptures I have ever made...After seeing so many kids flock to my first solo exhibition, I wanted to give something back and create a sculpture that children would enjoy. What is better than a dinosaur?"




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Grasp, made up of about 17,000 pieces, totally creeped me out. So, of course, I loved it.





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And because I live in Florida . . . Flip Flops (about 700 pieces.)




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As a reminder, this magnet now hangs on the refrigerator -




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Do you enjoy going to museums, exhibits, shows? Are you drawn to any particular style or medium? Are you artistic? Do you dabble, like I do, by taking an occasional art class, picking up one of those crafty, creative magazines? 

29 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The dinosaur is impressive. Can you imagine the time involved? Not to mention the money. Legos are not cheap anymore...

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

And the photo doesn't even really capture the scale of it! And speaking of the time involved, you wouldn't believe how many other sculptures were in the exhibit that I didn't show here. Mind. Blowing.

The Cynical Sailor said...

I saw a similar exhibit in Portland a few years ago. It's so amazing what they can do with legos. We went to Legoland in Denmark and were blown away by the giant lego creations there.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

That is really cool. I would love to see it but that one would have given me nightmares.

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Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

There were a few exhibits that I found to be on the scarier/creepier side. One little boy hurried past an exhibit, saying to his mother, "I don't want to look at that one." :o

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

We've been to LegoLand near us - a lot closer than Denmark! - and so enjoyed it. I'm sure we'll go back again. And again. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I'd love to see LEGO art up close. I want a mini version of the Writer one for my desk. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

In my office, I actually have a small LEGO notebook and pencil set that my husband put together and gave me awhile back. :)

Sarah Foster said...

Those are really cool! I do like to go to museums now and then but it's been awhile. I'm more of a theater junkie.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I don't go to the theater all that much, but I really should give it more of a try. The times I went, I enjoyed it.

Maria Zannini said...

I've always been impressed by artists who can create something out of mundane objects. But every time I see legos, I'm sure I'm going to step on one in my bare feet.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Me, too! I love when people create things out of found objects and make mixed media art.

I'm guessing Mr. Sawaya wears shoes indoors or has really tough feet. :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

That's amazing! I had no idea so much could be done with Legos.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I couldn't include all the pics here, but there were also lots of re-creations of famous art works, like the Mona Lisa.

Julie Flanders said...

These are all so amazing! I had to keep reminding myself the pieces were made of Legos while looking at them. Unreal. I think The Scream is my favorite. Love that guy and I have a little Scream doll on my desk at work. I can relate to him almost every day. ;)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

That is too funny about the Scream doll on your desk. I can relate, too. :)

Christine Rains said...

How amazing! My son has a bunch of Legos and I enjoy playing with them probably more than he does!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Well, get cracking, Christine! Make some art! :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

I Love the Lego art! A friend of mine created a Empire Strikes Back Walker when we were kids - out of thousands of red legos. Don't ask me why "red" except I think he liked the color. As the daughter of an artist, I've always been a little afraid to create ... my work doesn't ever measure up to my mom's work. And, the school art projects I did never measured up to the teacher's expectations. However, when my kids were little, I rediscovered art with them. I realized I love to dabble in creativity. I enjoy the process. It may take me five hours to paint a ceramic in a way that most people would assume was painted by a kindergartner in 20 minutes, but I still enjoy it enough to showcase it on my bookshelf. I am proud of the small bits of art I create, not because they represent something amazing, but because they represent the freedom of creativity.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Love this, Tyrean!

I'm with you in painting ceramics like a kindergartener - I have a napkin holder painted with what are supposed to be turtles but really look like different color blobs. And a mug I made that looks nothing like it was supposed to. But I have fun each and every time I make art. :)

Tamara Narayan said...

Lego sculpture on this level is so fantastic. I love it! Our family got to see a similar exhibit set in a garden. There were humongous dragon-fly legos, butterflies, and lots of other amazing pieces.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Excellent! :)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

As I've confessed on my blog in the past, I am a museum slut. I LOVE 'em, and I'm not all that particular as to what kind of museum it is, either. I love them all.

One of our botanical gardens here had a bunch of Lego sculptures on display, but nothing as ambitious as the ones you shared here. Wow! They're really terrific.

Yeah, I do enjoy all kinds of artistic pursuits. I enjoy oil painting the best, and took a couple classes in it once upon a time, but I've also done all kinds of needlework and even macrame. (Does anybody do that any more?) But one thing I'm lousy at? Building with Legos! HA

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Susan, check out Sawaya's site for even more pics.

My mother-in-law did macrame. She even made the favors at our wedding - little macrame baskets that we put candy in. :)

Anonymous said...

That looks like so much fun. I love going to museums and seeing the art or history.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

It really was a fun experience. :)

Murees Dupè said...

These lego art pieces are amazing. The patience it must take to create those. I wish i was more artistic. Have a good week.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I wish I was more artistic, too! But I'm having fun trying and learning. :)