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The Art of the Brick: Artist’s Amazing LEGO Creations (PHOTOS)

My 2-year-old son spent a couple hours building stuff out of his LEGOS last night. I considered it playing but, after viewing Nathan Sawaya’s creations, maybe I’ll consider it practicing for a career as a future artist.

Sawaya doesn’t call them LEGOS. He calls them bricks and he’s the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world. He owns more than 2.5 million colored bricks in both his LA and New York studios. Yes, two studios. This brick artist isn’t messing around. His painstakingly crafted scultures are taking the world by storm. A full-time independent artist, Sawaya accepts commission requests and shows his art in galleries in New York, Miami and Maui. His touring exhibition, THE ART OF THE BRICK, continues to draw crowds from all over the world.

On his website, www.brickartist.com, Sawaya says he’s available to design and build custom creations for private collectors, events, photo shoots and conventions. The photos you’re about to see feature twenty of Sawaya’s mind-blowing sculptures. He says some take hours, some take days and some take months. A life-size human form sculpture typically takes 2-3 weeks depending on complexity and typically has 15,0000 to 25,000 bricks.

All creations by artist Nathan Sawaya. Photos used with permission of www.brickartist.com

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  • Everlasting 2 of 24
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    by artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Team Coco 3 of 24
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    Sawaya's work shows he is clearly Team Coco.

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • The Courage Within 4 of 24
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    Love the black, white and gray LEGOS juxtaposed with the red.

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Grasp 5 of 24
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    If my house was big enough I'd actually love to put one of these in a playroom or something.

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Hands 6 of 24
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    Stunning. You forget you're looking at what you usually associate as a kid's toy.

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Lion 7 of 24
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    Sawaya recreated the lions that guard The New York City Public Library.

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Skeleton 8 of 24
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    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • It Was All Yellow! 9 of 24
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    This is the first Sawaya sculptures that caught my eye and I think it's still my favorite.

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Think! 10 of 24
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    So creative!

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Heart 11 of 24
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    I heart this one.

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Liberty Jedi 12 of 24
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    Statue of Liberty holding a light saber.

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Ascencion 13 of 24
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    How does he use LEGO to make the human body look so beautiful?

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Reflection 14 of 24
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    Yep. The mirror is LEGO too.

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Iwo Jima Replica 15 of 24
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    Unreal!

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Brooklyn Bridge 16 of 24
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    One of Sawaya's landmark sculptures.

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Green 17 of 24
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    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Stepping Through 18 of 24
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    I like the multi-colored look.

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Thank You Very Much 19 of 24
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    Elvis is back in the building!

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Superman 20 of 24
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    From this Superman to his Star Wars series, you can tell Sawaya is still a kid at heart. By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com
  • Chair 21 of 24
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    by artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Cat 22 of 24
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    Sawaya does a lot of animals too. In fact you could probably commission him to do create your pet. It's gonna cost you, though.

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Melting Man 23 of 24
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    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

  • Gray 24 of 24
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    That there is the amazing Nathan Sawaya.

    By artist Nathan Sawaya. Photo courtesy of www.brickartist.com

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