In a rare trip to London’s trendy hipster quarter, Ben and I ventured into Shoreditch at the start of the week to relive our childhood on a grand scale. Yes, we were heading to the Lego exhibition at the Truman Brewery. As a fan of anything off the wall and eclectic, I was well up for visiting this novel exhibition, and it gave Ben a chance to feel like a little kid again.
The exhibition is the brainchild of artist Nathan Sawaya. Having begun his career as an attorney, his love of LEGO grew from a sideline hobby to a full-blown career, and having started off at the LEGO company, he is now an independent artist. He is also the only person ever to be recognized as both a LEGO Master Builder and a LEGO Certified Professional (thank you, Wikipedia, for that fact of the day!)
There were a couple of videos around, showing the artist at work with his bricks and glue. On one piece you could see him make a mistake with sculpting a to-scale human leg, and in order to start again he had to get out a hammer and chisel to knock the bricks apart, as the glue had set them so strongly!
Anyway, sit back and enjoy my photo highlights from the exhibition:
What I liked about the exhibition was how painstakingly everything was created. It seems so simple, but the eye for detail and scale you have to have is as exact as any conventional artist. It’s a novel idea and a highly enjoyable way to spend an hour or two. If you’re looking for fine art, this isn’t the place for you. But if you like your entertainment with added kitsch factor and a life-size T-Rex floats your boat, then you should pay the Truman Brewery a visit!
Have you been to the Art of the Brick? What did you think? Which piece was your favourite? I think mine was either the T-Rex or this piece below, titled The Swimmer!
Having checked the Truman Brewery’s website, bookings have been extended until April 2015, so you still have plenty of time to check this out! You can buy tickets here