Think of it as a (very) mini Legoland, one that still manages to awaken your childlike sense of wonder and awe, and at a fraction of the cost at $13. This is The Art of the Brick exhibition, now on at the ArtScience Museum at MBS, featuring 52 sculptures by the former lawyer and New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya.

Nathan Sawaya, Lego, MBS, Marina Bay Sands

A Lego tribute to Alien, with me as chestbuster. #notreally. ©incoherentboy.com

I visited Legoland Johor Bahru last year on assignment for The Straits Times, when specially trained Lego engineers were still putting together the various structures, brick by painstaking brick. That brief visit told me three things: a) it takes a maddening amount of patience to work on Lego b) everyone, whether young or old, can be captured by the magic of the plastic bricks and c) if I ever tried being a Lego engineer, I’d probably snap and end up drowning puppies.

The exhibition itself, while small, has various themes and subjects from emotions to celebrities to everyday individuals. It’s a strange, surreal, otherworldly experience, and cliched as it sounds, Sawaya’s creativity really does astonish. So I should just shut up now and let the pictures speak for themselves. I’ve placed a few samples of the exhibition below, but you can find a full gallery of my photos here.

Nathan Sawaya, Lego, MBS, Marina Bay Sands

A Lego swimmer lies suspended in the shimmering light ©incoherentboy.com

Nathan Sawaya, Lego, the Art of the Brick, Singapore, MBS

What lies in the heart of a (half) man? ©incoherentboy.com

Nathan Sawaya, Lego, the Art of the Brick, MBS, Singapore

Check out the level of detail on this sculpture. ©incoherentboy.com

Nathan Sawaya, Lego, Art of the Brick, Singapore, MBS

Hawkeye’s fate in House of M would not be forgotten. ©incoherentboy.com

Nathan Sawaya, Lego, Art of the Brick, MBS

A man becomes his own ladder. ©incoherentboy.com

Nathan Sawaya, Lego, Art of the Brick, Singapore, MBS

A running theme in Sawaya’s work seems to be that of being trapped and transformation. ©incoherentboy.com

Nathan Sawaya, Lego, Art of the Brick, Singapore

Just like in this sculpture, named Grasping. ©incoherentboy.com

Nathan Sawaya, Lego, Art of the Brick, Singapore, MBS

A Lego portrait of the girlfriend and I, courtesy of an iPad app at the exhibition. ©incoherentboy.com

And of course, the exhibition wouldn’t be complete without the money shot: Yellow, a 6-meter long T-rex dinosaur skeleton, displayed against a backdrop of shadows and silhouettes illustrating our prehistoric past.

The Art of the Brick, Singapore, MBS, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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And that’s that. The exhibition is on at the ArtScience Museum till Apr 14, 2013. You can find out more about admissions charges and opening hours here.

The Art of the Brick, MBS, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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