The Canada Science and Technology Museum in our nation’s Capital, Ottawa, features until September 3rd THE ART OF THE BRICK exhibition. The artist Nathan Sawaya makes use of Lego® blocks to recreate masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Klimt’s The Kiss. Original pieces run from simple styles to a giant dinosaur.
How many of us grew up playing with Legos. Those colourful bricks in their present form were first introduced in 1958 by the Lego Group. The bricks were named “Toy of the Century” twice, and to this day, their popularity is still strong.
Nathan Sawaya left his high-powered attorney in New York to pursue his passion of creating art with Legos. His works are owned by Lady Gaga, Bill Clinton and Tony Hawk amongst others.
My expectations were high as I had read about Nathan’s art, and I can say I wasn’t disappointed. The exhibit is at the far end of the museum and I was early enough to be the first visitor of the day. I admit I wanted to get in before the three school bus full of young ones arrived. I had the place to myself and was able to quietly tour the many works of art without any distraction.
To say these pieces of art are amazing is an understatement. I was surprised to see how these simple bricks could be put together such intricate and detailed art. One piece, in particular, caught not only my attention and evoked strong emotions. I won’t say anything else about it but will share with you this touching piece.
I literally stopped in my tracks as soon as I saw this. It tugged at my heart and I felt a genuine sadness – how’s that for a two-toned Lego art piece!
Many of the pieces are replicas of original well-known works.
and of course, this classic piece, Starry Night.
This is one of my favourite – the Red Dress!
as well as this one, the swimmer. The lights really added a nice ambience to the piece.
Some pieces reminded me of my childhood while others simply made me smile.
These pieces must be seen in person to truly appreciate all the work and the detail of each masterpiece. Stay tuned for Part 2 of the “ART OF THE BRICK”.
For more information on hours, entry cost and parking, you can access the Museum’s website.