nathan sawaya: LEGO brick artist
nathan sawaya: LEGO brick artist nathan sawaya: LEGO brick artist
jun 03, 2009

nathan sawaya: LEGO brick artist

nathan sawaya is a LEGO artist who creates a wide array of objects and sculptures from the infamous plastic bricks. working from his new york studio since 2000 he has used around 1.5 million bricks until now to construct wildlife, gadgets, landmarks and surreal sculptures. he also builds pieces live at events and has completed works for community projects…

rebirth of new orleans, 2006

the ‘rebirth of new orleans’ sculpture for example, was commissioned by the new orleans public library. children were asked to draw and write about what they felt was important for the rebuilding of new orleans.

rebirth of new orleans, 2006 sawaya then translated some of their drawings into a LEGO sculpture. the piece took six weeks to build and is composed of 120,000 LEGO elements. more on this project here.

iPhone, 2007

PC mag computer, 2006

rabbit ambulance, 2007

bear, 2007

reflection, 2006

circle triangle square, 2009

yellow, 2006

see many more of nathan’s works.

via lost at e minor

  • wow !
    I love this!

    lucy says:
  • awesome!

    samah says:
  • Absolutely wonderful, keep up the amazing work!

    Pasi says:
  • amazing work, i always loved lego design 😀

    barry says:
  • Nathan’s work is amazing. To see some additional Lego mosaics (by a different artist, check out [url=] Brickworkz Lego art [/url] by Brian Korte.

    Murphy says:
  • About your “circle triangle square”, take a look on the logo of this site

    Reflection is awesome

    Rick says:
  • hi, thanks for this found!

    dave ( says:
  • makes me think about my childhood, playing with lego…

    christophe says:
  • amazing the way you sculpt your legos! they seem to loose the rectangle shape,

    gloria boxer, uruguay says:
  • lego lego lego

    webo says:
  • the “yellow” are very nice! pick a basic shape from lego and turn into pixel sclupture,.. awesome!!

    weqoweqo says:
  • brilliant!!

    asterixlie says:
  • I saw the show in Redding, California. Stunning.

    sfmarty says:

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