from: the brick artist
Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring works of art out of some of the most unlikely things. His recent global museum exhibitions feature large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks. LEGO® bricks to be exact. A full-time independent artist, Sawaya accepts commission requests and shows his art in galleries in New York, Miami and Maui.
Stevenson University in Maryland has a great program called “Career Architecture” that teaches students how to explore and prepare for their career choices. The program helps students to make decisions about their career path based on their interests and values. As the students proceed through Stevenson, they garner the skills to come out of the university ready to enter the ‘real world’.
I was asked to capture “Career Architecture” in the form of a sculpture, which was unveiled recently at a university event. During the unveiling event, the students participated as well with a full fledge building contest, which I was honored to be a judge.
The sculpture I created for the event is a multi-colored figure passing through a doorway, representing the journey the students take through the university. It also represents my personal journey from the living room to the kitchen.
According to journalist Scott Jones,”Sawaya is a surrealist mash-up of forms and artists. Imagine Frank Lloyd Wright crossed with Ray Harryhausen, or Auguste Rodin crossed with Shigeru Miyamoto, and you start to get a sense of where Sawaya is coming from.”