Sawaya’s Melting Man: The Art of the Brick

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Sawaya’s Melting Man: The Art of the Brick


World-renowned New York-based Lego artist Nathan Sawaya has a unique and inspired vision when it comes to creating large-scale sculptures from Lego bricks. His work has been shown across the United States and in countries around the globe, including Israel, China, Australia, Taiwan, and Singapore. Many of his pieces are currently on tour in an exhibit titled “The Art of the Brick”, which is at Discovery Times Square Museum until January. Sawaya is a bestselling book author, he has over 2.5 million bricks in his studios in New York and Los Angeles, and he never stops innovating.

We’re thrilled that Sawaya will be bringing one of his pieces, named Melting Man (pictured above), to World Maker Faire New York this weekend, September 21 and 22 at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. The piece measures 38″x16″x16″. Sawaya writes, “As the winter season approaches, I wanted to try my hand at ice sculpture. Out of Lego. So I created this Melting Man sculpture completely out of transparent Lego bricks. I also lit it from within, to give it a glowy-feel.” Check out more of his work below and on his site.

Sawaya and his Career Architecture piece:
nathan sawaya career-architecture-walking through

nathan sawaya green

Frozen Figure:
nathan sawaya frozen-figure

Bare Bones Brick
nathan sawaya bare-bones brick

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