The Art of the Brick

The Art of the Brick is a traveling exposition that is currently being held in the city of Barcelona (Cúpula Events CC Arenas) in which North American artist Nathan Sawaya (a prestigious lawyer that left his law office to fully pursue art) creates unique figures exclusively using Lego pieces.

The Alt Experience team would like to share some photographs, with respective commentaries, of the works that we saw while visiting the exposition. We also encourage you to visit before June 12, the final day that the exhibition is available in Barcelona.

The exposition begins with small, yet surprising objects: skulls, pencils, a globe and even a computer. Sawaya shows his incredibly creative and artistic talents from the start.

We can also find, and gaze upon, several portraits and reproductions of famous paintings, each constructed with Lego pieces as well. It truly appears to be a laborious work with an impressive finish.

In another room, we stumble upon a section dedicated to the reproduction of faces and human skulls, each playing with the use of trichrome techniques (using red, blue and yellow interchangeably) and with different facial expressions.

In this way, different works acquire varying dimensions depending on the perspective assumed by the viewer.

However, without a doubt, the main dish of the exhibit is served when the human being replicas are introduced. It’s key to remember here that, astonishingly, each of these figures was assembled using only tiny rectangular pieces.

The artist impressively dares to include different combinations of human figures and to also show bones, as well as fractures, in their bodies.

We continue up until this point, at which we reach Sawaya’s iconic and most acclaimed work: el busto relleno de piezas (the open chest filled with pieces).


After this piece, the exhibition does not diminish in level of craft and personally, our favorite was the majestic and impressive dinosaur.

And to conclude, below are a few other delicate marvels: a dog, clouds, a towel complete with flip flops..

The entire exposition can be viewed with audiovisual aids in which the artist explains more about his figures, as well as the process by which he created them. There is also a room completely filled with Lego pieces that’s available for the daring and playful to let their imagination fly.

Notes: All of the images above were taken by Aníbal Bueno at the exposition.


Translated by: Kirstin Meyerhoeffer

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