Nathan Sawaya is an artist to know about if you are a Long Island parent looking for cool things to do. He is a New York based sculptor who’s medium is LEGO. Thats right….toy LEGO bricks. He has more than 1.5 million colored bricks in his art studio and his work is obsessively and painstakingly crafted. Sawaya’s work elevates brick art to a new phase of artistic expression through large-scale sculptures remaining on view through March 18, 2012.
The installation at Nassau County Museum of Art includes the eight-foot-high Pushing Against, a red figure with raised arms, and the five-foot high The Courage Within, a mostly grey work highlighted by a view into the figure’s red abdomen. Other works in the exhibition include Trapped, a two-foot-high red figure enclosed within a box; Strength of Spirit, a two-foot high hand holding a small human figure; and Goodbye, a two-and-a-half foot high grey figure losing its parts as it walks away.
Along with he exhibit there will be a kids friendly event called Show Us Your LEGOS® on Saturday, February 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Young LEGO® artists are encouraged to bring their plastic brick constructions to the museum for ‘show and tell’ at tables supplied by the museum. The day’s activities include gallery tours and hands-on art making. Museum admission plus $5 per family materials fee. No reservations are needed. Show us Your LEGOS® is held in the museum’s main building, the Arnold & Joan Saltzman Fine Art Building. Weekend parking fee is $2.