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The Art of the Brick

9 Jan
We have exposed ourselves to a great deal of art during our time in Europe. Rome attracts some amazing collections. Recently we saw a Toulouse Lautrec exhibit, and a couple of months ago were treated to an exhibit of the masterpieces from the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. at Palazzo delle Esposizioni. PdE has fabulous exhibits several times each year and we generally see them all. Then there are the regular galleries: The Borghese, Doria Pamphilj, Palazzo Colonna, etc. There is always something to see. 
Yesterday we saw one of the more off-beat and fun installations: art created from Lego bricks, The Art of the Brick. I suspected it would be entertaining, but it was absolutely enthralling to think that someone could build such items and pictures from Legos. We were fortunate to be among very few people there on a Friday morning at opening. It’s only in Roma until February 16, so if you have time, do try to pop over.
The artist, Nathan Sawaya, has connections to the Pacific Northwest: born in Washington state and raised in Oregon.
I’ll leave you to the pictures, but if you have a chance, go see this if/when it comes to a location near you. Any little Lego-builders (or big Lego-builders) in your family will love it.  Please click on any picture for a better view.
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6 Responses to “The Art of the Brick”

  1. Nigel January 10, 2016 at 15:55 #

    I wonder if the artist got some sort of grant or commission from Lego to create those. My fave was Ric and the Blue Man.

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    • gooddayrome January 10, 2016 at 16:25 #

      I am certain he has a sponsorship. They sell Lego kits in the inevitable gift shop, and the millions of bricks he uses, well, I hope he at least gets a discount! From the info on-site, he does commissions too. Maybe a portrait of Carol for you?

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  2. Marcia January 10, 2016 at 03:11 #

    I also think that swimmer is amazing!

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  3. Marcia Kakiuchi January 9, 2016 at 20:35 #

    I just love that map of Italy!!! Fantastic exhibit.

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  4. gooddayrome January 9, 2016 at 19:25 #

    Weren’t they (aren’t they for some) awful!

    And apparently they never get too old for them. When my son quit playing with them in his mid-teens I gave them all away. Then when he was about 22 he was looking for them again!

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  5. Chloe Erkenbrecher January 9, 2016 at 18:45 #

    Ahhh, how many of those little devils have I stepped on in bare feet in my lifetime?

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