Nathan Sawaya: The Art of the Brick
June 9 – Aug. 19, 2012
Opening reception: Fri., June 8, 6 - 9 pm
Nathan Sawaya Live Day Build: Sat., June 9, 11 am – 5 pm
The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is very pleased to present its third exhibition of the work of New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya. In the 2012 exhibition of The Art of The Brick, Sawaya will present a selection of many new works, most of which have not been seen at the Center. Exhibitions of Sawaya’s work have broken attendance records at the Center and at museums around the world.
Nathan Sawaya in the News
The Interactive Play Area adjacent to the exhibition allows visitors to make their own LEGO creations.
Sawaya is a former attorney who gained national attention in 2004 by winning LEGO®’s nationwide search for a professional Master Model Builder. His creations in the years since have resulted in enormous artistic and popular success. His exhibitions have set international museum and gallery attendance records, won him critical acclaim, earned him a wide range of high profile commissions and resulted in appearances on such TV shows as _ The Today Show_, The Colbert Report, Late Night With David Letterman, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He was even featured on the iconic quiz show Jeopardy! with a category titled “The LEGO Artistry of Nathan Sawaya.”
Sawaya’s early work included reproductions of such landmarks as a 7-foot-long replica of the Brooklyn Bridge and the post-Katrina work, Rebirth of New Orleans, which is on permanent display at the Main Branch of the New Orleans Public Library. He’s built a life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex and a replica of photographer Joe Rosenthal’s famous Battle of Iwo Jima photograph (on permanent exhibit at the National Museum of the Marine Corps).
Sawaya’s recent work has evolved to imbue an emotional content that might be considered antithetical to a hard-edged plastic toy such as LEGO. Sawaya shows a mastery of the human form. Regardless of the piece, Sawaya’s work inspires a sense of wonder and astonishment in gallery-goers who can’t help but wonder, “How did he do it?” Sawaya will share some of that magic in his Day Build on Saturday, June 9, 2012, when he does a live assembly of a new LEGO sculpture in the Center’s main gallery.
Live Day Build with Nathan Sawaya
See Nathan Sawaya in action as he creates a new LEGO sculpture! Guests can interact with the artist, get his autograph, and ask him questions about this work. The sculpture will be displayed at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa. The live day build is funded in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.
Special Gallery Hours and Admission
Gallery Hours: Mon. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm; Sun., noon – 5 pm
Admission: $10 for adults; $6 for students, seniors and children ages 4 to 17; and free to Center members as well as children age 3 or younger with an adult. Please note that strollers are not allowed in the galleries.
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Looking for an exciting and enriching activity for your group this summer? For a fun, engaging, and creatively stimulating experience, book a group tour today.
All group tours are provided with a guided talk. After completing the guided exhibition walk through, visitors are invited to spend time in the LEGO Activity Area.
The Art and Culture Center’s staff is available to arrange a specific date and time for your visit based upon your desired schedule and the availability of the Center’s galleries. Due to overwhelming demand, we strongly urge groups to book their visits in advance. Click here for more information on field trip and group tour reservations.
Florida BRICK Creation Challenge
All Florida residents ages 6 and older are invited to use their own LEGO® pieces to create and compete in this exciting community-based exhibition. Pieces will be displayed in the Center’s galleries. Click here for more information.
- Aug. 5 – 8: BRICK Creation Challenge entries must be delivered in person to the Center during normal gallery hours (Mon. – Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm). Entries may also be shipped to the Center at the contestant’s expense.
- Aug. 11 – 19: BRICK Creation Challenge exhibition on display.
- Sunday, Aug. 19, 2 pm: Awards presentation.
Nathan Sawaya: The Art of the Brick is supported in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa.
The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported in part by its members, admissions, private entities, the City of Hollywood, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and the Kresge Foundation. We welcome donations from all members of the community who wish to support our work.