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article imageLawyer turned artist creates sculptures entirely from LEGO bricks Special

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By Kay Mathews
Nov 12, 2011 in Arts
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Little Rock - "Nathan Sawaya: Art of the Brick" is on exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum and the pieces, created using Lego bricks, are much more than child's play.
The Art of the Brick exhibition features the work of former attorney Nathan Sawaya. The exhibit is described by the museum as follows: Nathan's sculptures range from faithful recreations of everyday objects, to whimsical flights of fancy, to deeply emotional pieces that connect with the viewer on a visceral level.
According to a statement featured at the exhibition, Sawaya said, "When I was a lawyer I quickly came to realize I was more comfortable sitting on the floor creating sculptures than I was sitting in a boardroom negotiating contracts. My personal search for overall happiness paved the way to becoming a fulltime working artist."
Sawaya is based in New York, NY where he has a studio in which 1.5 million colored bricks are housed. His bio notes the following: Sawaya's ability to transform LEGO bricks into something new, his devotion to scale and color perfection, the way he conceptualizes the action of the subject matter, enables him to elevate an ordinary toy to the status of fine art.
Sawaya's "Shocking Self-Portrait" is seen below.
 Nathan Sawaya:  Art of the Brick  exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Mus...
"Nathan Sawaya: Art of the Brick" exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Museum through February 12, 2012. Little Rock, Ark.
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A volunteer at the museum told me that Sawaya had been commissioned to do a number of pieces for the museum, and three of them are seen below: President Bill Clinton, a Razorback, and sculptures of the Clinton Museum Store and Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.
 Nathan Sawaya:  Art of the Brick  exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Mus...
"Nathan Sawaya: Art of the Brick" exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Museum through February 12, 2012. Little Rock, Ark.
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 Nathan Sawaya:  Art of the Brick  exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Mus...
"Nathan Sawaya: Art of the Brick" exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Museum through February 12, 2012. Little Rock, Ark.
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 Nathan Sawaya:  Art of the Brick  exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Mus...
"Nathan Sawaya: Art of the Brick" exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Museum through February 12, 2012. Little Rock, Ark.
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Two of Sawaya's whimsical sculptures are featured below.
 Nathan Sawaya:  Art of the Brick  exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Mus...
"Nathan Sawaya: Art of the Brick" exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Museum through February 12, 2012. Little Rock, Ark.
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 Nathan Sawaya:  Art of the Brick  exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Mus...
"Nathan Sawaya: Art of the Brick" exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Museum through February 12, 2012. Little Rock, Ark.
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Other pieces from Sawaya's gallery that are on exhibit at the Clinton Museum include "Gray," "Yellow," and "Skulls".
 Nathan Sawaya:  Art of the Brick  exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Mus...
"Nathan Sawaya: Art of the Brick" exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Museum through February 12, 2012. Little Rock, Ark.
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 Nathan Sawaya:  Art of the Brick  exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Mus...
"Nathan Sawaya: Art of the Brick" exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Museum through February 12, 2012. Little Rock, Ark.
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 Nathan Sawaya:  Art of the Brick  exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Mus...
"Nathan Sawaya: Art of the Brick" exhibit using Lego bricks at Clinton Presidential Library and Museum through February 12, 2012. Little Rock, Ark.
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The Clinton Presidential Center invites visitors to "See amazing sculptures out of LEGO bricks" at the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. The Sawaya exhibit is on display through February 12, 2012.
Clinton Presidential Library and Museum with  The Art of the Brick  banner.  Little Rock  Ark.
Clinton Presidential Library and Museum with "The Art of the Brick" banner. Little Rock, Ark.
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