Nathan Sawaya, 37, quiet his top legal job as a Wall Street lawyer to spend his time creating sculptures out of his true love – Legos.
He uses Lego to create people, animals and things from everyday life – with his sculptures selling for up to $15,000 each. DAMN! His latest pieces show a series of sculptures depicting tender and tormented moments of human love.
”Most of the time, I spend between eight to 12 hours each day creating with Lego, but it depends on what I’m working on. Sometimes when I get really into a sculpture, I can spend 18 hours. I spend a lot of time sketching out my ideas on special graph paper that has the brick shapes printed on it. Then the rest of the day is spent building.”
”Everyone can relate to the medium since it is a toy that many children have at home. But I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before.”
Nathan previously worked as a corporate lawyer until he quit in 2001 to follow his childhood ambition to be a Lego artist.
His works are shown in galleries across the globe and are in demand by top art dealers, including life-size ‘sculptures’ which use 150,000 of the little bricks. He even has his own touring exhibition, The Art of the Brick, which features more than 1.5 million colored bricks in 30 works of art.
Nathan first builds his pieces the traditional way but when he is happy with a creation he rebuilds it – glueing the bricks back together.
If you want to check out more of his work, visit www.brickartist.com!