A few weeks ago, I was walking through Brick Lane with a friend who was visiting from the Frozen North, when we stumbled across a picture of this guy
outside the Truman Brewery.
Although I’d never heard of this exhibition (finger on the pulse, as always), my friend – showing her particular foresight and excellent organisation skills – had read about it in TimeOut and suggested we check it out. It being a particularly rainy and downright gloomy day (Oh Hai winter) – and having failed to book a manicure – we decided to spend our Girly Day Out looking at a bunch of lego men.
Don’t tell me I don’t know how to live.
The exhibition Art of the Brick shows off a large number of lego artworks (yes, really), by NYC-based artist Nathan Sawaya. The sculptures are really something to behold – I think my favourites were the re-creations of famous artwork, especially the Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai, which is getting a lot of mentions in this blog so far.
The most impressive piece of work is the T-rex, which contains over 80,000 bricks (I got a picture, but it was rubbish, surprise surprise), but even without this behemoth, everything in this exhibition is really breathtaking, and must have taken an astounding amount of work and patience to put together.
I was less impressed with the video installation – it told a sweet story, but had a kind of homemade soft p*rn aesthetic. Perhaps he should stick with the plastic bricks.
The show is on at the Truman Brewery until January. It’s a bit pricey to get in – especially if it’s a family trip – but I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed. There’s even a playroom at the end where you can channel your inspiration and get creative! Check out the website for more details.
Just don’t knock anything!
Today’s quote is from Jim Rohm