Sneak Peek: The Art Of The Brick LEGO Exhibition, Which Opens In South Africa Today

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 12 December 2014
Category: News
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brainwavez.org was at the opening of The Art Of The Brick, the world-famous exhibition of LEGO brick artist Nathan Sawaya's work, in Cape Town. Here's a sneak peek of what to expect.

Sneak Peek: The Art Of The Brick LEGO Exhibition, Which Opens In South Africa Today
Above: Yellow
Last night I attended the media preview of The Art Of The Brick, an exhibition of LEGO artworks and sculptures by New York-based "brick artist" Nathan Sawaya.

The exhibition opens today in Cape Town and runs until the end of February 2015 before moving to Johannesburg from mid May 015 to mid August 2015. (Find full details for both cities here.)

I have photographed the entire exhibition and got a chance to speak to Nathan Sawaya while I was there, so there'll be more on that in future posts on brainwavez.org (look out for them!), but for now here's a mini showcase of what to expect. I don't want to spoil it too much because half the fun is discovering what's around the next corner but these photographs should whet your appetite.

What I can say, however, is that the exhibition exceeded my expectations. I first saw The Art Of The Brick in Portland, Oregon, in 2012 so I knew what to expect but the South African show has more artworks and many of them are new (to me). Some of the old favourites, such as Yellow and Grey are also there, which was great to see, but much of the rest of the exhibition is different. (Therefore it's also worth having a look at my showcase article of the Portland exhibition to get even more of an idea of Nathan Sawaya's range and catalogue of works.)

Sneak Peek: The Art Of The Brick LEGO Exhibition, Which Opens In South Africa Today
Above: Mickey Gold

Sneak Peek: The Art Of The Brick LEGO Exhibition, Which Opens In South Africa Today
Above: LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham on the PlayStation

Sneak Peek: The Art Of The Brick LEGO Exhibition, Which Opens In South Africa Today
Above: Arrangement In Grey And Black No.1 (Who knew Whistler's mother had such laser-focussed eyes - be sure to have a look for yourself.)

Sneak Peek: The Art Of The Brick LEGO Exhibition, Which Opens In South Africa Today
Above: Disintegration

Sneak Peek: The Art Of The Brick LEGO Exhibition, Which Opens In South Africa Today
Above: Could it be... dino bones...? I really can't say.

If you don't already have tickets I'd suggest you buy them now. Cape Town can be a little slow to catch on to things but once word starts to spread the daily slots are going to fill up, especially with the school holidays and tourist season, and it's going to become difficult to get in. If you're a LEGO fan you do not want to miss this exhibition!

Sneak Peek: The Art Of The Brick LEGO Exhibition, Which Opens In South Africa Today
Above: Warhol, Janis, Jimi, and Bob

Tags: #arts_and_culture, #cape_town, #games, #lego





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