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.
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.
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.
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.