The Art of the BrickĀ® to debut at The Mansfield Art Center

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Beginning September 21, 2013, the Mansfield Art Center will host The Art of the Brick®, an exhibition featuring large-scale sculptures created out of iconic LEGO® bricks by New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya. The Art of the Brick is one of the largest and most popular art exhibits touring the globe. CNN hailed The Art of the Brick as one of the top twelve “must-see exhibitions in the world.” Complete visitor information and a free visitors guide to the region, is available online at or or by calling (800) 642-8282.

Like most young kids, Sawaya started playing with LEGOs at a young age. But unlike most kids, Sawaya never stopped building, creating and exploring his own imagination via the interlocking toy bricks. The result has solidified his place in pop culture history and he is making an indelible mark on the art world as well. The award-winning artist has catapulted the iconic LEGO brick into an art medium all its own, transforming this construction toy into awe-inspiring and thought provoking sculptures.

The centerpiece of Sawaya’s sculpture collection, as well as arguably his most famous piece of artwork, is entitled Yellow, a torso of a man ripping open his chest while yellow plastic bricks cascade out of the open chest cavity. Sawaya has made a name for himself by creating out of LEGO exacting replicas of the human form in various states of emotion, including anger, love, depression and joy.

Concurrently on display at the Mansfield Art Center for the run of the exhibition will be Sawaya's unique multi-media collaboration with award-winning Australian photographer Dean West, entitled In Pieces. The two artists spent years traveling and working together to blend their crafts resulting in the IN PIECES collection of visually stunning hyper-realistic images that are exhibited with corresponding and complimentary three-dimensional LEGO sculptures.

The Art of the Brick will be on view at the MANSFIELD ART CENTER, September 21, 2013 through November 16, 2013, 11am-5pm Tuesday through Sunday, $10 age 16 and over; $5 under age 16.

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